Government appoints Prevent advocate to lead its professed ‘independent’ review

2019-08-16T18:13:05+00:00 August 16th, 2019|Uncategorized|

The British government has appointed Lord Carlile as its new ‘independent’ reviewer of the contentious counter-extremism strategy known as Prevent. The appointment of Lord Carlile as the lead investigator is in fact a re-appointment, as he was the same reviewer who approved of the Government’s failed strategy in 2011. Critics have suggested that the entire

Sweden and UK’s surveillance programs on trial at the European Court of Human Rights

2019-08-02T11:19:34+00:00 August 2nd, 2019|Uncategorized|

This week, the highest body of the European Court of Human Rights heard arguments against the mass surveillance programs of two countries, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The legal proceedings in the two cases started years before, in 2008 and 2013, respectively, with the litigation eventually reaching the court's highest body, the ECHR Grand Chamber,

MI5’s use of personal data was ‘unlawful’, says watchdog

2019-06-14T11:37:58+00:00 June 14th, 2019|Uncategorized|

The security service MI5 has handled large amounts of personal data in an "undoubtedly unlawful" way, a watchdog has said. The Investigatory Powers Commissioner said information gathered under warrants was kept too long and not stored safely. Civil rights group Liberty said the breaches involved the "mass collection of data of innocent citizens". The high

The government’s terror strategy ‘compromises the Mental Health Act and must be challenged’

2018-09-28T14:40:01+00:00 September 28th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Add to this how, in 2015, the Home Office made the Prevent policy [Prevent is a controversial programme that aims to divert people from terrorism before they offend, and is currently voluntary] a statutory duty for public bodies to have ‘due regard’ in identifying and reporting patients deemed vulnerable to radicalisation. Doing so, the UK

Thinking Through Prevent Workshop

2018-08-31T12:45:52+00:00 August 31st, 2018|Prevent in the News, Uncategorized|

This event is aimed at anyone who has experienced ethical dilemmas in relation to the PREVENT Strategy. This might be as someone who has been referred under PREVENT, as a teacher, medical professional, academic or anyone else who has come into contact with this controversial strategy. The PREVENT Strategy is a recent concern of many

“Aaron-gate” – Prevent’s latest smearing of legitimate political dissent

2018-08-03T18:37:44+00:00 August 3rd, 2018|Uncategorized|

A report on tackling ‘hateful extremism’ commissioned in the aftermath of the Manchester Arena attack has been caught up in a barrage of criticism entirely of its authors’ own making, after smearing anti-fracking campaigners and then admitting it made a “dreadful error”. The report, A Shared Future [, 1.2Mb] by the Greater Manchester Preventing Hateful Extremism and

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