Oxford Don Ramadan, recently seen “laughing” with faculty members.
This came out over the weekend,
You can read the full report on this link from BFMTV.
This, amongst the other accounts, is important,
Une d’entre elles, âgée de 14 ans à l’époque, dit avoir refusé de coucher avec Tariq Ramadan: “Il a mis sa main sur ma cuisse en me disant qu’il savait que je pensais à lui le soir avant de m’endormir (…) C’était de la manipulation. Il disait qu’il pensait à moi mais qu’il était marié. J’étais mal, mais je ne pouvais rien dire. C’était mon prof”, raconte-t-elle en décrivant un “homme possessif et jaloux, (…) tordu, intimidant, qui usait de stratagèmes relationnels et pervers et abusait de la confiance des élèves”.
One of them, 14 years old at the time, said that she’d refused to sleep with Tariq Ramadan, “He put his hand on my thigh saying that he knew that I was thinking of him in the evening before going to sleep…it was manipulative. He said that he thought of me although he was married. I felt ill, but I couldn’t say anything. He was my Teacher…”. She described a “possessive and jealous person, warped, intimidating, who used a game of perverse ploys, and who abused the trust of his students.”
Comrade Edwy Plenel author of Pour les musulmans (2014), commented, while rejecting the “diabolisation” of Tariq Ramadan, the following,
I think that needs no translation.
Here is the Telegraph’s report on the latest developments.
An Oxford University professor and government adviser on tackling extremism is facing new allegations including sexual misconduct with minors.
Prof Tariq Ramadan was accused of rape last month by a French feminist author. He has denied the allegation and said he will sue for libel.
He is now facing new accusations from four Swiss women who say he made sexual advances to them when they were studying under him as teenagers in Geneva.
One of the women told Tribune de Geneve newspaper Prof Ramadan made unsuccessful sexual advances to her when she was 14 years old.
Another alleged he had sexual relations with her in the back of his car when she was 15 years old.
The other two women said they were 18 when they had sexual relations with him, but accused him of abusing his position of power as their teacher.Prof Ramadan was accused of rape by the French author Henda Ayari last month.
Since then two more women have accused him of rape. He has denied the accusations and filed a case for libel in the French courts.
In statements posted on Facebook, he claims he is being targeted by “a campaign of slander clearly orchestrated by my longtime adversaries” and says he has been advised by his lawyers not to comment further.
Currently Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at Oxford, he was chosen by Tony Blair to work on a task force to help tackle extremism in the UK following the 7/7 attacks in London in 2005.
He has also worked with the Foreign Office’s Advisory Group on Freedom of Religion or Belief, chaired by Tory Peer Baroness Warsi.
The Telegraph has sought comment from Prof Ramadan about the allegations.
The law in Switzerland permits sexual relations at the age of 16, but those taking advantage of their position in an educational establishment who have sexual relations with their students up to 18 years old risk up to 3 years in Prison.
In this case however, because the alleged acts took place in the 1980s/90s they have passed the time limit for prosecution,
La majorité sexuelle est fixée à 16 ans en Suisse, mais le fait de “profiter des rapports d’éducation” pour obtenir des actes sexuels auprès d’un(e) mineur(e) de 16 à 18 ans, est passible de trois ans de prison au plus.Cependant, les cas des quatre Genevoises sont tous prescrits. Nouvel Obs.
We learnt this last week, (Cherwell 3rd of November).
Students at the Oxford Middle East Centre have reacted in anger to the University’s response to the mounting accusations of rape against Islamic professor Tariq Ramadan, accusing senior figures of acting “as if nothing had happened”.
Ramadan is currently being investigated by French authorities over two allegations of rape, sexual assault, violence and harassment. Ramadan has described the allegations as a “campaign of lies” and said he is suing the alleged victims for “slander”.
Since the first allegation of rape surfaced two weeks ago, the professor has reportedly taught a seminar in Oxford and been seen “laughing” with faculty members.
In response to requests from students, senior figures in the faculty held a meeting on Tuesday “to address implications for student welfare arising from the allegations”.
The faculty told students they intend Ramadan to continue to both tutor and supervise on his return to Oxford from Qatar – although students may ask for another faculty member to be in the room if they wish.
At the meeting, held at St Antony’s College, several students expressed anger at the “lack of communication” from the University, claiming they had heard of the allegations by “word of mouth” without any acknowledgement from the department.
Director of the Middle East Centre Eugene Rogan repeatedly apologised to students for taking ten days to respond to the allegations, blaming the delay on the fact that the controversy was happening in another country with a different legal system.
This is worth noting,
Rogan reminded students: “It’s not just about sexual violence. For some students it’s just another way for Europeans to gang up against a prominent Muslim intellectual. We must protect Muslim students who believe and trust in him, and protect that trust.”
Rogan should perhaps also consider his position as a member of staff after the latest accusations show what kind of “trust” is involved.
Many staff members encouraged those present not to speak to the media about the furore. Professor Rogan told students: “We can’t tell you what you should say. But I encourage everyone to use their moral judgement about how they voice their concerns – not to victimise the women who’ve made the allegations or the men who’ve been accused of things they’ve not yet had the chance to defend themselves against.”
One postgrad said: “There should have been a more open and frank discussion with female students about how to make them feel safer,” she said. “Women won’t come forward here and say how they feel.”
A number of students expressed concern about Ramadan continuing to teach and be present in the faculty. One claimed that immediately following the first allegation, Ramadan was seen “walking and laughing in the hall as if nothing had happened.”
Head of humanities Karen O’Brien told students that Ramadan is still a supervisor, but his doctoral supervisees could have individual discussions about how they would like their supervisions to proceed.
She stressed that their priority was that the students’ education could continue uninterrupted, adding:“The situation will be kept under review. We can’t prejudge outcomes.”
A Middle East student told Cherwell: “Frankly, I’m shocked by how badly the University has dealt with this incident. While Professor Ramadan must be assumed innocent until proven guilty, this does not excuse the absolute lack of communication between the Middle East Centre and affected students.
“This story broke two weeks ago. At very least, we should have received an email [from the faculty].
“Also disappointing is how Professor Ramadan was allowed to teach MPhil students as usual last week, despite these serious allegations having been made.”
In a statement to Cherwell, Eugene Rogan said: “Tuesday’s meeting was focused on addressing student welfare issues emerging from the allegations against professor
Ramadan, to ensure the Faculty responded to student concerns as we move forward.”
He added: “The Faculty has been in contact with all of Professor Ramadan’s supervisees to arrange meetings to discuss their concerns and wishes.
“The University acts to ensure that its welfare services and support systems are readily accessible; its harassment and sexual assault reporting systems are confidential, totally supportive and clearly understood. We have arrangements in place for confidential discussion of individual anxieties and for any questions related to immediate personal safety, and graduate student supervisory arrangements will always be responsive to the concerns of the student.”
This book, to be published soon, looks interesting.