Sunday, November 18, 2007

Another Muslim academic denied entry to US

A leading US civil liberties group mounted a legal challenge against the US government on Wednesday over its refusal to grant a visa to a leading South African Muslim academic.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed the case in Boston challenging the US Departments of State and Homeland Security, who refused scholar Adam Habib a visa accusing him of engaging in terrorist activities.

"The government failed to explain the basis for its accusation, let alone provide any evidence to prove it," the group said in a statement.

Habib is a political scientist who serves as the deputy vice-chancellor of research, innovation and advancement at the University of Johannesburg.

He is known to be a vocal critic of the war in Iraq and the US "war on terror," who has appealed for governments to respect human rights and the rule of law in measures to respond to the threat of terrorism.

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