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Students’ university essays reported to police under ‘overzealous’ government counter-terror measures | The Independent

Students have had their university essays investigated by police and faced questioning by staff under government counter-terror measures, The Independent can reveal. Campaigners and experts warn that free speech is being stifled on campus and trust destroyed because of the [...]

Father of Jack Letts ‘cannot get psychological care’ because of Prevent | Middle East Eye

The father of a British man being held among suspected Islamic State members in Syria has told Middle East Eye that he has been unable to access confidential psychiatric treatment because of the Prevent Duty. John [...]

Prevent and Countering Violent Extremism usher in ‘whole society’ surveillance | openDemocracy

In the aftermath of Sudesh Amman’s attacks in London on February 2, the Evening Standard London ran as its frontpage an appeal from Counter-terror police chiefs, calling for the public to take a more active role [...]

Ministers refuse to reveal how many extremists they have stripped of British citizenship | The Independent

The government has refused to reveal how many people have been deprived of their British citizenship in the past two years after dramatically increasing its use of controversial powers to prevent the return of Isis members. The number of [...]

Outrage at the Prevent policy should not be exclusively reserved for Extinction Rebellion | Varsity

In light of Extinction Rebellion being labelled as an extremist ideology, student campaigner Stella Swain argues that much of the outrage surrounding this is misplaced Earlier this month, The Guardian revealed that the climate campaign [...]

Police Scotland sent out guide listing Extinction Rebellion with neo-Nazis | UK news | The Guardian

Guide listing environment protest groups alongside white supremacists had been widely condemned Scottish counter-terrorism officers sent out a controversial guide listing Extinction Rebellion and Greenpeace alongside neo-Nazi groups within the past few weeks, despite widespread condemnation of [...]

Terror police’s Extinction Rebellion ‘risk report’ sent out a year ago | Environment | The Guardian

  Police say Rising Up report was commissioned as group had a ‘large following’ and concluded XR was not a threat Counter-terrorism chiefs ordered a formal assessment of whether Extinction Rebellion was a national security threat one [...]

Government to be challenged in court over Prevent reviewer | UK news | The Guardian

Legal action from Rights Watch (UK) comes amid spate of terror attacks in London The government’s failure to appoint an independent reviewer of its Prevent strategy and assess the controversial de-radicalisation programme’s effectiveness is to be challenged in [...]

UK may bypass human rights convention to rush through terror laws | UK news | The Guardian

Ministers want to ban terrorists from being released early in wake of London attacks Britain could temporarily separate itself from the European convention on human rights (ECHR) in order to push through emergency laws on [...]

Cycling advocacy group listed alongside extremist groups on counter-terror list | The Independent

A cycling advocacy group has appeared alongside Nazi iconography and proscribed groups in a compilation of signs and symbols put together by counter-terror policing. Critical Mass, a cycle safety and advocacy group which originated from San Francisco, campaigns for [...]

Priti Patel’s plan to tackle radicalised youth is so flawed it’s mad, says study | Politics | The Guardian

A Home Office-funded study into tackling radicalisation among young people has concluded that the approach being pushed through by the home secretary, Priti Patel, is so flawed that it is “madness”.Instead the research, which will [...]

Schools are ‘massive’ referrer to St Helens’ anti-radicalisation programme | St Helens Star

SCHOOLS in St Helens are increasingly flagging up concerns that pupils may be in danger of being radicalised, a council meeting has heard. Source: Schools are 'massive' referrer to St Helens' anti-radicalisation programme | St [...]

Non-violent groups on UK counter-terror list threaten legal action | Environment | The Guardian

Peaceful protest groups listed in a counter-terrorism guide used as part of anti-extremism briefings are threatening legal action unless it is withdrawn.The Guardian revealed on Friday that Greenpeace, Peta and other non-violent groups were listed [...]

UK: Prevent review ‘will go ahead’ following concerns by rights groups | Middle East Eye

Conservative party pledges to review counter-terrorism strategy facing renewed criticism from Muslim community The British government said it will continue its review of the controversial Prevent strategy amid concerns by rights groups that the Conservative Party was [...]

Government terror adviser warns ‘no magic test’ to stop reoffending | UK news | The Guardian

The government’s adviser on terror legislation has warned that there is “no magic test” to determine the risks posed by a terrorist on release from prison, in further criticism of recently announced proposals to examine [...]

Counter-terrorism policy is a threat to democracy | Letters | Politics | The Guardian

Letters: Campaign groups including CND and Greenpeace UK call for the rescinding of an anti-extremism briefing document in which they were named, while Joe Sim says branding activism as subversive is nothing new. Plus, letters [...]

Early release to be scrapped for violent and sexual offenders | Politics | The Guardian

Serious violent and sexual offenders will no longer automatically be released halfway through their sentences under government plans introduced on Wednesday.A greater focus has been placed on automatic release since last November’s London Bridge attack, [...]

Prevent programme must be abolished in order to tackle politically motivated violence, say experts | The Canary

Britain’s controversial surveillance/counter-extremism Prevent programme has come under fire once more, this time from over 100 academics, researchers, and campaigners calling on the government to radically overhaul its approach to tackling politically motivated violence.The Network for [...]

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