The claim comes after it was announced that homophobic Hizb
ut-Tahrir will share a platform with the leader of the East London
"Less than a month after promising to not give a platform to
homophobic speakers, the East London Mosque is this Wednesday
hosting the extremist fundamentalist sect, Hizb ut-Tahrir, which is
has previously called for the execution of lesbian and gay people,"
says human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell.
"It is outrageous that after pledging to crack down on homophobia,
the Director of the East London Mosque, Dilowar Khan, will host and
share a platform with Yusuf Patel of Hizb ut-Tahrir. The meeting is
about sex and relationship education. Hizb ut-Tahrir campaigns
against the acceptability of homosexuality.
Salman Farsi, the Mosque's PR spokesperson said on 9 June, not
even three weeks ago: "Any speaker who is believed to have said
something homophobic will not be allowed to use our
"Hizb ut Tahrir opposes democracy and wants to establish a
religious dictatorship where non-Muslims and women are denied human
rights. The group has a long history of anti-Semitism and bigotry
towards Hindu people.
"It is also guilty of extreme intolerance towards Muslims who do
not share its harsh interpretation of Islam," said Tatchell.