The UK government has asked the United Arab Emirates to formally clarify the reasons for proscribing some UK-based organisations, Ahram Online has discovered.
On 16 December, the UAE government formally designated four British organisations, among 85 Islamic and charitable organisations, as terrorist groups.
The organisations, the Muslim Association in Britain (MAB), Muslim Relief UK (MRUK), The Cordoba Foundation (TCF) and Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW), have called on the UAE to reveal the bases for its decision.
The organisations are perceived in the UK as Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated or part of its international organisation.
They also demanded that the UAE retract the terrorist listings.
“We are seeking clarity from UAE on their rationale for some of these designations,” British sources told Ahram Online.
London has also asked about “any practical implications” of proscribing the British organisations in the UAE, the sources said, adding that the parliament was informed of the government's action.
Meanwhile, MAB revealed that the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) ignored its request to intervene in the dispute with the UAE.
“The FCO did not even respond to our formal correspondence, asking to support our position as a British law-abiding organisation,” Omar El-Hamdoon, MAB president, told Ahram Online
The FCO declined to comment.
El-Hamdoon said earlier that the Emirati terrorist organisations list cannot be taken seriously, criticising the UAE's human right record.
The MAB plans to organise a sit-in in front of the UAE embassy in London Saturday in protest at being added to the Emirati terror list.
“This would be a part of our popular movement to put some pressure on the Emirates,” El-Hamdoon said.
He added that the proscribed organisations are still consulting their solicitors on the legal implications of the UAE move.
TCF rejected the UAE move as “unprecedented, irresponsible and draconian.” The organisation further assured that immediate steps will be taken to ensure “its reputation is restored and compensation sought for the damage caused through all appropriate means.”