(June 14, 2018) – Respected Oxford University Professor and public intellectual Tariq Ramadan has been held in preventative detention in a French prison and denied bail following allegations of rape to which he vehemently denies.

Incarcerated for over four months, Tariq Ramadan was denied appropriate treatment for a serious pre-existing medical condition and denied access to his full legal file.

French magistrates appeared to ignore the diagnoses of nine physicians that Professor Ramadan suffers from Multiple Sclerosis, including the chief prison medical authority, who confirmed that his state of health is not compatible with continued incarceration.

In response, a worldwide appeal of journalists, politicians, scholars and academics are speaking out in an open letter. Signatories include English author Karen Armstrong, Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor, UK filmmaker Ken Loach, Dr Amina Wadud from Berkeley, UK journalist Peter Oborne, Professor John Esposito from Georgetown University, scholar Hamza Yusuf, among many others.

“We wish to remind the country that affirmed the inalienability of human rights and equality, the importance of respecting principles that ensure the integrity of French justice.”

The letter also expresses deep concern with the inhuman treatment that Tariq Ramadan has been subject to at the hands of French justice.

The signatories conclude by asking, “We ask our French friends: should it truly come to this?


Defenders of Due Process for Tariq Ramadan (DDPTR), an international coalition, calling for full respect of judicial norms and established procedures in the Tariq Ramadan case.

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See the full letter and signatories below: 



A Worldwide Appeal for Due Process for Tariq Ramadan. After four months of pre-trial detention, Tariq Ramadan’s last appeal for bail has again been denied.

As scholars and politicians from around the world, we write to demand due process for Professor Tariq Ramadan, incarcerated since February 2nd in a French prison.

It is not for us to judge Tariq Ramadan’s guilt or innocence. We fully recognize the rights of the plaintiffs to have their case heard without prejudice and without injury to their honour. But we wish to remind the country that has affirmed the inalienability of human rights and equality of the importance of respect for the principles that ensure the integrity of French justice.

We ask: Why has Mr. Ramadan been denied bail at the preliminary investigative stage although he willingly came for questioning and has given all required guarantees?

Has Mr. Ramadan been granted the equal treatment so prized by France when high-ranking political figures accused of similar offenses continue to enjoy full freedom of movement?

Is there one form of justice for Muslims in France and another for everyone else?

What justifies solitary confinement, limited family visitation rights, the denial of access to his case file and thus to the necessary means of preparing his defense?

Can prosecutors selectively leak information with impunity? Is it standard procedure in France for high-ranking political figures to publicly denigrate someone awaiting a trial?

In short, we respectfully ask, has Mr. Ramadan benefitted from a fair and equitable legal process, one in which he is presumed innocent until proven guilty?

These are straightforward questions of equal justice. To them we add deep concern for the dignity and humane treatment of all prisoners.

French magistrates have appeared to ignore the diagnoses of nine physicians that Mr. Ramadan suffers from multiple sclerosis, including the chief prison medical authority, who confirmed that his state of health is not compatible with continued incarceration.

Even though Mr. Ramadan suffers from multiple sclerosis and further neurological complications, proper medical treatment has not been provided.

We understand that the defense has appealed to the European Court of Human Rights against undue suffering he has undergone at the hands of the French justice.

We ask our French friends: should it truly come to this?

We, the signatories of this letter, endorse France’s commitment to uphold the values of liberté, égalité et fraternité threatened today around the world.

We trust that your response to our appeal will prove these sentiments to be well placed.


Prof Farid Hafez , Salzburg, Austria
Dr Malika Hamidi, Brussels, Belgium
Dr Yacob Mahi, Brussels, Belgium
Nordine Saïdi, Brussels, Belgium
Dr Ahmet Alibasic, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Dr Francirosy Campos Barbosa, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Dr Nadia Abu-Zahra, Ottawa, Canada
Dr Katherine Bullock, Toronto, Canada
Charles Taylor, Montreal, Canada
Yakub Mohamed, Canada
Thomas Woodley, Montreal Canada
Houria Bouteldja, Paris, France
François Burgat, France
Ismahane Chouder, Paris, France
Dr Sonya Dayan- Herzbrun, Paris, France
Catherine Samary, Paris, France
Dr Hans-Christian Günther, Freiburg, Germany
Professor Dr Anwar Alam, New Delhi, India
Dr Javad Kashani, Tehran, Iran
Professor Mohammad Marandi, Tehran, Iran
Professor Abdulkarim Soroush, Iran
Massimo Campanini, Italy
Dr Mohammed Hashas, Rome, Italy
Hamza Piccardo, Italy
Elma Berisha, Kosovo
Dr Mohammad Abdur Rahman Siddiqi, Tokyo, Japan
Dr Ahmad Sukkar, Beirut, Lebanon
Tengku Ahmad Hazri, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Professor Dr Mohammad Hashim Kamali, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Anwar Ibrahim, Malaysia
Wan Azizah binti Wan Ismail, Malaysia
Dr Ahmad Farouk Musa, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Dr Merve Kavakci, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Dr Chandra Muzaffar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Nurul Izzah Ibrahim, Malaysia
Abdool Majeed Jeenathally, Mauritius
Dr Paul Aarts, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Alexander Fluegel, The Hague, The Netherlands
Dr Ellen van de Bovenkamp, Leiden, The Netherlands
Dr Hamid Aminoddin Barra, Marawi City, The Philippines
Dr Mutaz Al Khatib, Doha, Qatar
Dr Mawahib Bakr, Doha, Qatar
Dr Mohammed Ghaly, Doha, Qatar
Professor Ray Jureidini, Doha, Qatar
Professor Emad El-Din Shahin, Doha, Qatar
Yvonne Ridley, Journalist & author, Scotland
Professor Farid Esack, Johannesburg, South Africa
Dr Quraysha Ismail Sooliman, Pretoria, South Africa
Jacques Neirynck, Switzerland
Dr Sami Al- Arian,Turkey
Dr İbrahim Özdemir, Turkey
Dr Sener Aktutk, Istanbul, Turkey
Professor Dr Arshin Adib-Moghaddam, London, UK
Dr Shabbir Akhtar, Oxford, UK
Professor Nadje Al-AliNadje Al-Ali, London, UK
Dr Arif Anis, London, UK
Dr Walter Armbrust, Oxford, UK
Karen Armstrong, London, UK
Professor Masooda Bano, Oxford, UK
Dr Fanny Bauer-Motti, London, UK
Professor Stephen Chan, London, UK
Dr Stephanie Cronin, Oxford, UK
Professor Robert Gombrich, Oxford, UK
Shahid Islam, Bradford, UK
Dr Bilal Hassam, Leeds, UK
Dr Homa Katouzian, Oxford, UK
Ken Loach, UK
Professor Kalypso Nicolaidis, Oxford, UK
Professor Jørgen S. Nielsen, Birmingham, UK
Tanya Cariina Newbury-Smith, Exeter, UK
Dr Ziba Mir-Hosseini, Cambridge, UK
Professor Tariq Modood, Bristol, UK
Professor Ian Neary, Oxford, UK
Peter Oborne, London, UK
Professor Eugene Rogan, Oxford, UK
Dr Behar Sadriu, London, UK
Omar Salha, London, UK
Professor Salman Sayyid, Leeds, UK
Dr Mustapha Sheikh, Leeds, UK
Professor Avi Shlaim, Oxford, UK
Professor Jan Zielonka, Oxford, UK
Professor Leila Ahmed, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Muna Ali, USA
Professor Richard Falk, Princeton, USA
Dr Norman Finkelstein, USA
Dr Khaled Abu-El Fadl, Los Angeles, California, USA
Dr Dustin J. Byrd, Olivet, USA
Professor Asma Afsaruddin, Bloomington, Indiana, USA
Dr Ilham AlMahamid, Albany, New York, USA
Ijaz Arif, Roseville, California, USA
Abbas Barzegar, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Dr Hatem Bazian, Berkeley, California, USA
Dr Jonathan Brown, Washington DC, USA
Dr Zahid Bukhari, Frederick, Maryland, USA
Dr Charles Butterworth, Maryland, USA
Salah Eddin Elbakri, Oakland, USA
Professor John Esposito, Washington DC, USA
Dr James H. Faghmous, Stanford, USA
Professor Marianne Farina, Berkeley, California, USA
Dr Alain Gabon, Virginia, USA
Professor Todd Green, Iowa, USA
Dr Ramon Grosfoguel, Berkeley, California, USA
Dr Abdullah bin Hamid Ali, California, USA
Dr Nader Hashemi, Denver, USA
Professor Marcia Hermansen, Chicago, USA
Dr Altaf Husain, Washington, USA
Hussein Khatib, Minnesota, USA
Professor Peter Mandaville, Washington DC, USA
Dalia Mogahed, Washington, USA
Dr Aasim Padela, Chicago, USA
Muslema Purmul, California, USA
Dr Yasir Qadhi, Memphis, TN, USA
Professor Robert Shedinger, Iowa, USA
Dr Dustin J. Byrd, Olivet, USA
Dr Ahmad Sheikh, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, USA
Dr Amina Wadud, Berkeley, California, USA
Hamza Yusuf, Berkeley, California, USA
Naiyerah Kolkailah, USA
Dr Farrukh Hakeem, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA

*Updated June 19, 2018

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  • Fa Choi
    commented 2019-01-18 23:25:44 -0500
    الله يفرجها عله
  • Rima Lopez
    commented 2018-09-25 15:18:06 -0400
    el kaldy la libertė pour M.ramadan
  • Briedj Abderahmane
    commented 2018-09-25 04:58:15 -0400
    Freedom ASAP for Dr Tareq Ramadan
  • Jihan Johana
    commented 2018-09-24 22:06:26 -0400
    Freedom, equality, brotherhood for TARIK Ramadan.
  • Andrew Mcguiness
    commented 2018-09-10 03:49:50 -0400
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  • Andrew Mcguiness
    commented 2018-09-10 03:49:11 -0400
    Tariq Ramadan must receive due process. We are in danger of losing the human freedoms which we have taken for granted for hundreds of years. – Dr Andrew Mcguiness, Sydney, Australia
  • yakoub najet
    commented 2018-09-04 08:56:19 -0400
    Honte à la justice française concernant le traitement injuste que vous faites sur Tariq Ramadan !!! Nous soutiendrons notre frère Ramadan jusqu’au bout et nous continuerons de le lire, de le suivre, et d’être les voix des non-voix comme il nous l’a enseigné. Nous nous lèverons face à toute injustice.
  • Rich Wood
    commented 2018-08-20 23:28:46 -0400
    I want to sign this petition to demand justice for Dr. Tariq Ramadan. French and Western Islamophobia and the desire to compromise this Muslim intellectual at this critical time is the reason for his unfair conditions of imprisonment. This case must reach a broader public as soon as possible.

    Richard Wood
    Retired Chair, Sociology
    DeAnza College, Cupertino, CA
  • Naima Hanafi
    commented 2018-07-16 15:26:30 -0400
    300 couriels envoyés par Henda Ayari durant le seul mois d’aout 2014, harcelant Tariq Ramadan le suppliant de la voir, allant jusqu’a créer un faux compte sur Facebook pour le contacter après qu’il l’ai bloquée.
    Elle Harcelait sans cesse Tariq Ramadan et fini par lui dire: « je sais que tu ne tomberas jamais amoureux de moi mais bientôt tu seras entre mes cuisses »
    Qui est la victime ici?
    Certainement pas la mythomane de Henda Ayari mais bien Tariq Ramadan.
    C’est elle qui devrait être en tôle pour faux témoignage et harcèlement.
    Le pervers c’est bien Henda Ayari et non pas Tariq Ramadan
  • Naima Hanafi
    commented 2018-07-16 15:24:19 -0400
    Ils sont osé continuer leur matraquage même après qu’il y ai eu preuve que les plaignantes ont menti. Ils s’en foutent éperdument vu qu’ils veulent a tout prix le détruire, et usent de tous les moyens.
    Maintenant qu’ils n’ont pas pu prouver qu’il ya eu viol ils lui reprochent autre chose, comme si la France était un pays puritain. Ce qui se passe est vraiment grave. Si les Musulmans de France ne réagissent pas ce sera bientôt au tour de quelqu’un d’autre.
  • Naima Hanafi
    commented 2018-07-16 15:23:04 -0400
    “Si Vous n’etes pas vigilants,
    Les medias arriveront a
    vous faire detester les gens opprimes
    et aimer ceux qui les oppriment.”
    Malcom X
  • Nidhal Cherif
    commented 2018-07-15 06:32:42 -0400
  • Donatella Amina Salina
    commented 2018-07-02 06:59:47 -0400
    I sign this petition because i hope in mobilitation of who love justice for prof Tariq Ramadan for a due processo I hope in the help of humanity and in Mercy of Allah Dr.ssa Amina Donatella Salina redazione de Il Dialogo ( www.il dialogo.org )
  • Nabil Yousfi
    commented 2018-06-22 11:45:32 -0400
    I hope more intellectuals will have the courage to join the call as the life of a man is at stake
  • Mansour Beladjine
    commented 2018-06-16 02:29:00 -0400
    je ne suis pas un fan du docteur mais je suis un amoureux de la justice et des droits d une personne qui doit pouvoir s exprimer librement aussi longtemps que c est dans le respect des sentiments des croyances ou des valeurs des humains. Je pense que Dr ramadhan est en train payer le prix pour son franc parler et surtout ses faces a faces avec les sarko aemmour finkelkraut et compagnie, ils ont travaillé fort depuis un bon bout de temps pour lui monter cette affaire et ils ont trouvé des personnes qui souffre du manque de mediatisation de leur vie vide de tout. bref mais y a une justice ou on a point besoin d avocat pour nous defendre et ou on ne doit rien craindre pour etre jugé justement et équitablement, ici bas on peut te juger tres vite et tres facilement mais c est ephemere, inama hadhihi al hayate edounya fa iqdhou ma antoum quadhoun.
  • Naiyer Habib
    commented 2018-06-15 23:59:59 -0400
    Correction in my comment- read ’points I included’ as points included.- deleting I ‘
    AND ‘ twith his’ to with this matter. SORRY FOR error: Naiyer Habib
  • Naiyer Habib
    commented 2018-06-15 23:34:20 -0400
    An open letter t o the French president as it seems has been totally ignored. Can an impartial member of the parliament of French democracy not raise this issue taking all the points I included in the open letter?What about the country whose citizen is Mr . Tariq RAmadan?
    Why they do not take appropriate steps to deal twith his matter for due process deserved by him? Can a legal group not take the matter to international court of appeal for due process?
    Dr. Naiyer Habib, Academic Cardiologistt, Community leader. and Author
  • Abed Becheik
    commented 2018-06-15 22:35:11 -0400
    Pour arrêter cette justice à géométrie variable, je partage cette lettre ouverte…
  • Iman Hayik
    followed this page 2018-06-15 04:59:36 -0400
  • Naima Hanafi
    commented 2018-06-14 22:36:42 -0400
    I hope more intellectuals will have the courage to join the call as the life of a man is at stake.
    I still can’t believe the French Judicial System’s treatment of Dr. Tariq Ramadan.
    I hope it will backfire on them and all those who have set up on the path to the destruction of this amazing intellectual who has given so much to the global community and whose teaching have impacted millions of people and have spanned the Globe.
    He was elected by Time Magazine as one of the top 100 most influential thinkers in the world and by Foreign Policy readers as one of the top 100 most influential thinkers in the world and Global Thinkers.
    His enemies don’t have a fraction of his intellectual capacities, and his knowledge.
    They couldn’t defeat him through honest and intellectual means so they resort to dirty tricks.
    Nothing they do will diminish in any way our support for Dr. Ramadan;
    to the contrary this will motivate us more to continue the fight.
    WE WILL NOT give up the fight until justice is served and Tariq Ramadan is free.
  • Naima Hanafi
    commented 2018-06-14 22:32:47 -0400
    I wanted to thank you and all those who signed the Open Letter, for your unwavering support of Dr. Tariq Ramadan since the beginning.
    I have been a big supporter of CJPME (Canadian for Justice and Peace in the Middle East) for years, attending all their events/lectures here in Edmonton, Alberta.
    Dr. Tariq Ramadan has impacted thousands of people all over the globe with his teachings and wisdom.
    They will never silence his voice, as we will not give up until justice is served.
    Naima Chertouk-Hanafi
  • Habiba Harche
    commented 2018-06-14 07:37:09 -0400
    Où est l’etat Suisse ? Tarik n’est pas un citoyen suisse ? Alors pourquoi ils se taisent tous ?
    C’est parcequ’il est Musulman et defend l’islam ?
    Allah vous protège Docteur Ramadane et vous verrez la justice divine InchaAllah le plutôt InchaAllah