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Written by Student Rights on 24 November 2009 at 2pm

UPDATE: Hate Speaker on UCL Campus - 30th November

Update: Edited to remove comment wrongly attributed to Abu Usamah.

hqdefaultToday, Student Rights have been made aware of an impending speech to be given by controversial Imam Abu Usamah who has previously been noted as endorsing the murder of gay people and of Muslims who give up their faith.

UPDATE: Following conversations between Student Rights National Director Raheem Kassam and UCLU executive members, UCL have issued the following statement:

"UCLU has decided to cancel this event due to concerns that the health and safety criteria cannot be met"

Abu Usamah gave a speech on the 4th November to City University, the result of which has led human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell to call for the resignation of the Vice Chancellor Julius Weinberg.

Student Rights have obtained an official statement from City University which says “Our Islamic Society applied to our Students Union for permission to host Abu Usamah through the normal procedures. The University then considered its obligation, as with all speaker applications - this included reviewing the proposed content of the event, which in this case was Charity - and under section 43 of the Education Act, found no proven reason to decline this Students Union event.”

Mr. Tatchell, the spokesman for LGBT pressure group Outrage has stated: “University College London is planning to host an extremist Islamist preacher, Abu Usamah, who endorses the murder of gay people and of Muslims who give up their faith".

Abu Usamah was recorded for Channel Four’s television documentary, Undercover Mosque, as saying: “Do you practice homosexuality with men? Take that homosexual man ....and throw him off the mountain.... If I was to turn around and I was to call homosexuals perverted, dirty filthy dogs that should be murdered, that’s my freedom of speech isn’t it?” On Muslims who leave the faith he said: “Kill him in the Islamic state...If the Imam wants to crucify him, he should crucify him. The person is put up on the wood and he’s left there to bleed to death for three days.”

He was also unwittingly filmed by Channel Four deriding women as “deficient”, inferior to men and religiously and intellectually “incomplete.”

Student Rights National Director Raheem Kassam commented that "The implications of hate speech and incitement to violence are clear. We live in a liberal democracy, however the line must be drawn when individuals such as Mr. Usamah openly offends,endorses violence or criminal activity and seeks to marginalise university students, in this case women and the LGBT community."

This afternoon, Student Rights spoke to an NUS elected officer who assured us that they would be following up on this matter and that they would put reasonable pressure on the Student Union to stop this taking place, should the speaker contravene the Equal Opportunity Policy of the NUS. UCL Union are yet to comment. CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES. ---- DEVELOPING ----