The Tunisian government has once again suggested it is going to ban Hizb ut-Tahrir after accusing the party of threatening to “cut off heads and hands” and “undermining public order”.
Once again there is mention of the party being “banned in several countries”, without mentioning the political suppression and tyranny experienced in those countries, as if the bans are legitimate indications of wrongdoing by the party. And yet again, the Tunisian media has been utilised by the state for propaganda purposes, in order to distort the image of the Hizb by presenting it as a violent movement.
All this despite the fact that Hizb ut-Tahrir is well known for aiming for political change without the use of violence, and governments have continuously failed to present evidence of any “plots” by the organisation.
The latest rumblings in Tunisia have been documented by the Middle East Eye and many other news outlets (linked below).
We ask Allah (SWT) to make the work of the Hizb in Tunisia easy and to make it successful in reshaping the views of people in Tunisia.
Tunisia’s government has asked a military court to outlaw the radical Hizb ut-Tahrir movement, which has been regularly accused of “undermining public order” since its legalisation in 2012, an official said on Wednesday.
“A request to ban was submitted recently. We are awaiting the decision of the military investigative judge,” the official, who spoke on condition on anonymity, told AFP.
He said a total ban on the party was imminent.
Hizb ut-Tahrir, an international movement founded in Jerusalem in 1953, is known for aiming to unify Muslims under a caliphate, and is already banned in several countries.
The Tunisian branch was established in the 1970s but was first granted a licence to operate as a political party there in 2012, under the government of the Ennahda party.
Tunisia’s president Beji Caid Essebsi said last week that he was seeking urgent action against the party after it threatened to “cut off heads and hands”.
The remarks prompted a stinging rebuke from Essebsi, who told his national security council last week that the group’s “arrogance towards the state undermines [the state’s] authority.”
“Are we going to applaud [Hizb ut-Tahrir], or go to a court that will just allow them to operate after a while?” he said.
The party last month successfully overturned a decision by a civil judge to ban it, and has denounced what it says is “police harassment” in Tunisia.
The party is frequently accused of causing public disturbances with its rallies, and its annual congress was cancelled in June for “security reasons”.