Na'eem Jeenah, a South African academic, public intellectual and progressive Muslim activist, is a member of the Palestine Solidarity Committee in Johannesburg, South Africa.
MEMO reports (21 July 2015):
Writing under the umbrella of "Concerned Africans' Forum", which counts a number of senior politicians, diplomats, academics, NGO and media personalities among its membership, the approach has been prompted by the British government's rejection of a visa application by Na'eem Jeenah, the executive director of the Johannesburg-based Afro-Middle East Centre think tank. The centre's publications and programmes are engaged with by a wide range of political and civil society actors in South Africa and the Middle East. Jeenah is also a board member of the Denis Hurley Peace Institute, an organisation that is part of the South African Catholic Bishops' Conference. He was previously a lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand, and worked as Operations Director for the Freedom of Expression Institute, an active NGO that seeks to protect free expression and media rights in Southern Africa.
Jeenah applied for a visa to visit Britain in October last year, in order to attend a conference organised by the European Council on Foreign Relations. After a wait of six months, the application was denied on what the signatories of the letter regard as "spurious" grounds.