University to investigate segregated-debate claims

An investigation is under way after reports that seating at a second university debate was segregated between men and women, writes Tom Moseley for The Huffington Post UK.

The Guardian claims a sign posted on the door of the event, at Leicester University in February, pointed males and females to separate seating areas. It follows a similar event at University College London, where atheists Lawrence Kraus and Richard Dawkins hit out at the organisers over the seating policy. Both events featured Hamza Andreas Tzortzis, of the Islamic Education and Research Academy, or IERA.

Last Tuesday, IERA spokesperson Saleem Chagtai told The Huffington Post UK that Leicester University's Islamic Society had organised the debate, saying: "We were not responsible for the seating in any way, shape or form." He said it was "standard procedure" for people to want to sit separately, but said this should never be enforced.
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