On January 15, 2024, UK’s Home Secretary issued the following statement:
The Home Secretary, James Cleverly, has today (15 January) laid a draft order before Parliament to proscribe the international Sunni Islamist political organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir under the Terrorism Act 2000.
If agreed by Parliament, the order will come into force on 19 January 2024. This means that belonging to, inviting support for and displaying articles in a public place in a way that arouses suspicion of membership or support for the group will be a criminal offence.
Certain proscription offences can be punishable by up to 14 years in prison, which can be handed down by a court alongside or in place of a fine. The resources of a proscribed organisation are terrorist property and may be seized. Once a group is proscribed its ability to operate openly in the UK will be significantly degraded because of the offences attached to membership and inviting support.
Founded in 1953, Hizb ut-Tahrir is an international political group with a long-term goal of establishing a Caliphate ruled under Islamic law. While their headquarters are in Lebanon, the group operates in at least 32 countries including the UK, United States, Canada and Australia.
The proscription of Hizb ut-Tahrir includes the global organisation, as well as all regional branches, including Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain.
Home Secretary, James Cleverly said:
Hizb ut-Tahrir is an antisemitic organisation that actively promotes and encourages terrorism, including praising and celebrating the appalling 7 October attacks.
Proscribing this terrorist group will ensure that anyone who belongs to and invites supports for them will face consequences. It will curb Hizb ut-Tahrir’s ability to operate as it currently does.
Hizb ut-Tahrir’s praise of the 7 October attacks and associated incidents, as well as describing Hamas as ‘heroes’ on their central website constitutes promoting and encouraging terrorism.
Hizb ut-Tahrir has a history of praising and celebrating attacks against Israel and attacks against Jews more widely. The UK stands strongly against antisemitism and will not tolerate the promotion of terrorism in any form.
This group’s antisemitic ideology and praise of attacks against innocent civilians in Israel outlines the necessity of its proscription.
Security Minister, Tom Tugendhat said:
Hizb ut-Tahrir clearly encourage and promote terrorism.
Their celebration of Hamas’ appalling attacks on Israel, going so far as to call the terrorists who raped and murdered Israeli citizens ‘heroes’, is disgraceful.
We stand firmly against antisemitism and hatred against the Jewish community in the UK.
Several countries have banned Hizb ut-Tahrir for their various activities, including Germany, Egypt, Bangladesh, Pakistan and several Central Asian and Arab countries. Austria banned symbols of the group in May 2021.
The order will be debated in Parliament during this week and, if approved, Hizb ut-Tahrir will become the 80th organisation to be proscribed in the UK.
Other groups who have been proscribed by the British government include al-Qaeda, ISIS, National Action and most recently the Wagner Group.
On January 16, 2024, Mazin Abdul-Adhim, a senior member of Hizb ut-Tahrir Canada, wrote on X:
(A) The UK government does not realize that by banning HT, they make us a much stronger force, impenetrable and absolutely bulletproof from their false allegations and lies. This will cause anger across the Muslim community, and the one thing they wished to prevent would come even closer to becoming an actual reality. This will not work out in their favour under any circumstance
(B) It seems you didn’t get the point. And you are the intellectuals of “great” Britain? Hizb ut Tahrir works to re-establish the Khilafah in the Muslim lands. My point is, by banning the Hizb, they will make our call even more popular. But small minds are easily frightened.
(C) Or maybe it’s the ” Your government has been bombing us, invading our lands, pillaging our resources, controlling our governments, and destroying our economies” theory? No, no, it must be the most ignorant and racist theory instead.