The US administration has lifted a ban on Tariq Ramadan, in a move hailed by a rights group as a victory for civil liberties. Ramadan had been barred from the United States due to alleged terrorism ties, which he denies. He was also a strong critic of the Iraq war.

Ramadan is “delighted” and believes this “brings an end to a dark period in American politics that saw security considerations invoked to block critical debate through a policy of exclusion and baseless allegation.”

Ramdan, who has Swiss citizenship, told Reuters that as a result of the decision he would apply soon for a visa to visit the United States.

Adam Habib, a professor at the University of Johannesburg, is now allowed to visit the US as well.

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