UPDATE ON THE EBENEZER AZAMATI CASE
The Oxford University Africa Society is pleased to announce that following the appeal process on Saturday 16TH November 2019, the President of the Oxford Union, Brendan McGrath, has formally withdrawn his charge of violent misconduct against Mr. Ebenezer Azamati. He also apologised ‘unreservedly for the distress and any reputational damage which the publication of the charge may have caused him’. The Intermediate Disciplinary Committee has thus found Mr. Azamati not guilty of all charges brought against him.
The Oxford University Africa Society expresses its profound gratitude to everyone in Oxford and beyond, who has expressed solidarity - including through the Friday evening protest action - to expose the Union’s injustice and do the right thing. Together, we did it! Mr. Azamati is also deeply grateful for the immense outpouring of love and support from within Oxford and all over the world.
Whilst we are pleased with this development, we would like to reiterate that this issue is not settled as our demands are yet to be fully met. These include:
- A public apology from the Oxford Union and its President, Brendan McGrath.
- An official confirmation that Mr. Azamati’s union membership has been reinstated.
- A public announcement by the Oxford Union on the appropriate disciplinary process and punishment to be meted out to its staff, the security guard, who assaulted Mr. Azamati.
- Details on how the Oxford Union intends to compensate Mr. Azamati.
- Finally, the immediate resignation of the President Brendan McGrath. By misrepresenting the facts of the case and subjecting Mr. Azamati to undue trauma, distress and pain, Mr. McGrath has proven himself unfit to be President of the Union. His position is no longer tenable. We thus demand his immediate resignation.
Once again, we are wholeheartedly grateful for your support and we shall not keep quiet until the Oxford Union and the Oxford University at large is safe for every student, regardless of race, gender, and ability.