Written by Student Rights on 18 October 2013 at 11am

Education Aid for Palestinians drop Uthman Lateef

On 1st October Student Rights logged an event due to take place at the Royal Regency in East London called ‘Are Muslims Empowered by Knowledge’ and organised by Education Aid for Palestinians (EAP).

Promoted to students at the Universities of Warwick and Sheffield, as well as at University College London, the event was due to feature Uthman Lateef, whose extreme views have previously been highlighted by Student Rights.

Following action by campaigners including the Peter Tatchell Foundation, Lateef has now been removed from the list of speakers by EAP.

In a statement, Peter Tatchell said that:

The organisers have assured us that Uthman Lateef has been cancelled following concern about his anti-democratic and homophobic preaching.

We are delighted that Education Aid for Palestinians has recognised that such extreme views are incompatible with its commitment to an equal, inclusive society, in Britain and Palestine.

This is a victory for humanitarian values. We thank everyone who lobbied to get this hate preacher dropped. Gratitude to EAP for listening to our concerns”.  

Here at Student Rights we are glad to see that EAP have responded to the concerns of campaigners, and hope that they will ensure greater due diligence checks on invited speakers for future events.