Hizb ut-Tahrir to be banned under terrorism act

The Home Secretary, James Cleverly, yesterday (15 January) laid a draft order before Parliament to proscribe the Sunni Islamist group 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, or inviting support for Hizb ut-Tahrir  will become a criminal offence.

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, amounts to 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. 

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."

The order will be debated in Parliament this week and, if it is 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.

The Board of Deputies of British Jews welcomed the decision and published the following statement:


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