The Prevent Duty undermines the very notions upon which universities were first built

2018-11-16T16:08:46+00:00 November 16th, 2018|Prevent in the News|

We owe the moral, political and intellectual progress of our species more than anything to individuals whose beliefs or values were sharply at odds with those prevalent at the time. Ockham, Machiavelli, Luther, Giordano Bruno, Galileo, Hobbes, Spinoza, Locke, Hume, Voltaire - these all stand in this tradition, and at the head of it there

University of Reading incident raises alarm over implementation of Prevent

2018-11-16T16:05:33+00:00 November 16th, 2018|Prevent in the News|

“The fundamental question we must ask our universities is: ‘How will you preserve and uphold the rights and freedoms of students and faculty to speech and thought this Duty directly targets and diminishes?’”, said Dr Mezna Qato, a junior research fellow at King’s. Earlier this week, students at the University of Reading were advised to

Calls for independent review of Government’s Prevent strategy due to ‘mistrust’

2018-11-16T16:03:05+00:00 November 16th, 2018|Prevent in the News|

Liberal Democrat Baroness Hamwee warned in the Lords that there was "mistrust" of the Prevent strategy. Lady Hamwee said that keeping it under review internally was not enough and added: "We need to know what is working and what isn't working." Her demand in committee stage debate on the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill was

British Muslims will live with an intolerable burden of uncertainty under new counter-terrorism bill

2018-11-16T15:12:17+00:00 November 16th, 2018|Prevent in the News|

Imagine a small, rat-infested town. Everyone is complaining about the rats and it dawns on the mayor she might gain some political advantage from dealing with the issue. So, she poisons the town’s water. Lo, all the rats die. But there are side effects: the poisoned water is making people sick. Not everyone, mind you

University alerts students to danger of leftwing essay

2018-11-16T15:09:32+00:00 November 16th, 2018|Prevent in the News|

An essay by a prominent leftwing academic that examines the ethics of socialist revolution has been targeted by a leading university using the government’s counter-terrorism strategy. Students at the University of Reading have been told to take care when reading an essay by the late Professor Norman Geras, in order to avoid falling foul of Prevent.

In 2016, emergency laws restricted religious freedoms of Muslims more than other groups

2018-11-16T15:06:26+00:00 November 16th, 2018|Prevent in the News|

Emergency laws entail the temporary suspension of normal judicial procedures and constitutional rights, typically in response to a national security threat. Depending on the circumstances, initial decrees can evolve into extended “states of emergency,” permitting governments to dramatically alter the protections normally extended to individuals and groups, including those defined by religion. Read more

Separating children from parents: A sordid modern practice

2018-11-09T15:32:47+00:00 November 9th, 2018|Prevent in the News|

Separating families is the most terrifying form of state oppression to maintain dominance over populations The story of hijrah - the migration of the first Muslim community - is known well throughout the Islamic world. The Muslim calendar even begins from this date. What may be less well-known is that some of the people who tried

REVEALED: How government feud shaped UK’s counter-extremism strategy

2018-11-02T18:51:56+00:00 November 2nd, 2018|Prevent in the News|

A key element of the UK’s controversial Prevent strategy was developed mainly as a result of inter-departmental rivalry within the British government, rather than to address growing concerns about extremism, Middle East Eye has learned. Channel, a counter-radicalisation programme targeting individuals considered to be vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism, was created during a territorial

Extremism tsar Sara Khan defends her job in front of parliamentary committee

2018-10-26T19:12:53+00:00 October 26th, 2018|Prevent in the News|

The government’s controversial “extremism tsar” Sara Khan has defended her suitability for the job in front of a parliamentary committee. Khan appeared before the Home Affairs Committee yesterday and was quizzed about the unpopularity of the government’s Prevent counter-terror strategy among Muslim communities, as well as her credentials for doing the job given her own

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