Open Letter - Support to Professor Tariq Ramadan from Brazilian citizens

Tariq Ramadan has been detained by French justice since February 2 and has been sentenced without trial. We do not wish to enter into merit if he is guilty or innocent, what we should consider as citizens is the presumption of innocence that has not been conferred upon him.

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Three months ago, university professors, professionals (liberal), Muslims and non-Muslims of different nationalities, residing in Brazil, closely followed the prosecution process of Prof. Tariq Ramadan and we take this open letter to express our support to one of the greatest Muslim thinkers.

Tariq Ramadan has been detained by French justice since February 2 and has been sentenced without trial. We do not wish to enter into merit if he is guilty or innocent, what we should consider as citizens is the presumption of innocence that has not been conferred upon him.

We who accompany his texts and public statements reiterate his commitment to humanitarian causes. We highlight his speeches against Islamophobia, terrorism and corrupt governments (whether Arab or otherwise) in Europe and other continents.

Tariq Ramadan is one of the great thinkers of Reform Islam, which is a refined thought about the changing minds and hearts of Muslims. Its starting point is the Islamic ethics (Akhlaq) in various fields of knowledge. In his book Mon intime conviction reiterates the importance of Muslims studying in the same schools of non-Muslims and not building a world apart.

Considering his humanitarian concerns and his thinking, it is up to us to question: who is interested in the arrest of Prof. Tariq Ramadan?

Their alleged victims or the xenophobic and Islamophobic politicians and ideologues? With the idea of preserving a certain homogeneous thought the veils of young people are removed, they regulate prayer spaces, and now for the sake of women's "security" a professor has been imprisoned, whom for years has been teaching and had in his long career several female academic students, many of these students, former students and co-workers who support him at this time.

We reiterate the importance of considering the presumption of the innocence of the accused, as well as an impartial judgment, to preserve his physical and psychological health, since it is a patient with multiple sclerosis, who for almost a month was prohibited from contact with his family either in person or by phone. The visits were denied even when the patient was hospitalized, this shows a violation of his fundamental rights as a person, as well as the imprisonment, isolation and restriction of communication by posted mail. All these treatments are questionable from a human rights point of view.

SIGNATURES:

Francirosy Campos Barbosa, University of São Paulo (USP / RP) 

Denise Dias Barros, University of São Paulo and Casa Das Africas-Amanar,

Mahfouz Ag Adnane, PUC-SP, Casa das Áfricas Amanar,

Idrissa Deme - Master in metrology and Muslim student residing in Brazil,

Beatriz Barbosa Cezar, journalist DRT MT 1341,

Marcos Tenório, human rights and peace activist and director of Cebrapaz,

Carlos Eduardo de Castro e Silva Carreira, lawyer, Master's and researcher at USP,

Sylvia Caiuby Novaes, University of São Paulo,

Izabella Souza H. Rodrigues - Student (Unifesp),

Moustafa Assem, Medical surgeon dentist,

Cláudia Almeida de Souza- teacher,

Jihad Jamal Elllakkis Mouallem - Medical Cardiologist. General Practitioner for the prefecture of the city of São Paulo.

Islamic Association of São Paulo - Freguesia do Ó / SP

Mohamed Kadri, freelancer, president of the Islamic Association of São Paulo

Pedro Paulo Pereira, Unifesp - Collective Health

Pingréwaoga Béma Abdoul Hadi Savadogo - 
Socioanthropologist Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte and Casa das Áfricas-Amanar

Ali Mazloum, Federal Judge, professor of Constitutional Law and Human Rights

Ana Escaleira, Veterinarian and Internationalist

Antônio Sérgio Santos Rabello. Lawyer. OAB / MG 108 532

Andrew Traumann, Historian

Felipe Freitas de Souza, pedagogue

Elisabeth Spinelli de Oliveira, PhD, USP

Shadia Husseini de Araújo (UnB)

Aline Sobral. Teacher

Samir Osman Isbelle, chemical engineering student at the Universidade Federal Fluminense

Bobby Johnson, Sheikh Imam of the Anhangabau Mosque

Layla Mohamed El Mouallem. resident physician Psychiatrist Unifesp.

Anwar Mohamed El Mouallem, resident physician Gynecology and Obstetrics - Unifesp, Mohamed Nabil Mouallem, Chemical Engineer.

Giovane Alves Nunes - Lawyer. Legal Director of ANAJI - National Association of Islamic Jurists.

Reginaldo Nasser, PUC

Cynthia Soares Carneiro, University of São Paulo (USP)
Wellington Soares, Médecin assistant médecin.

Moustafa El-Guindy, lawyer, Unicamp

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