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Muslim school kids “taught to spy on each other” – 5Pillars

March 1st, 2020|

5Pillars has been told that two schools in the UK have been trying to train Muslim pupils to effectively spy on each other. Prevent Watch, which monitors the government’s controversial counter-extremism programme, told 5Pillars that the schools, one in Birmingham and one in Slough, have been training, or attempting to train, [...]

UK venues could face legal duty to provide protection from terrorism | Politics | The Guardian

March 1st, 2020|

Home Office to consult on plan affecting owners of concert halls and shopping centres The owners and operators of businesses and public spaces such as concert halls, shopping centres and parks will be legally bound to protect such venues from terrorism under a new statutory duty proposed by the government. [...]

Revealed: how teachers could unwittingly trigger counter-terror inquiries | UK news | The Guardian

March 1st, 2020|

Exclusive: leaked document shows Prevent strategy is more about monitoring extremists than safeguarding the vulnerable, campaigners say Teachers, doctors and other public-sector workers could unwittingly spark counter-terrorism inquiries when they seek advice about the government’s controversial Prevent strategy, sensitive documents seen by the Guardian reveal. A heavily redacted copy of the [...]

Environment and animal rights activists being referred to Prevent programme | UK news | The Guardian

March 1st, 2020|

Types of ‘concerns’ identified include far-left and anti-Isis extremism, FoI request reveals Environmental and animal rights activists have been referred to the government’s controversial anti-radicalisation programme, the Home Office has admitted. Responding to a freedom of information request, the Home Office provided a breakdown of reasons behind referrals of individuals [...]

Rebecca Long-Bailey vows to make it Labour policy to scrap Prevent | Politics | The Guardian

March 1st, 2020|

Leadership candidate says anti-extremism programme has alienated Britain’s Muslims Rebecca Long-Bailey has vowed to make it Labour policy to scrap the anti-extremism programme Prevent if she is elected to replace Jeremy Corbyn as party leader. The shadow business secretary said she wanted to ban the scheme and then conduct a review [...]

Glasgow St Pauli fans demand club’s removal from police counter-terrorism guide – Glasgow Live

March 1st, 2020|

MP Patrick Grady has written to the Home Secretary, questioning the football club's inclusion in the document alongside far-right and extremist groups such as Scottish Dawn and Britain First. Glasgow football fans have hit out after the club they support was included in a counter-terrorism guide circulated by police. FC St [...]

Sayeeda Warsi accuses government of ‘hypocrisy’ over Islamophobia | Metro News

March 1st, 2020|

A former minister in the Conservative Party has accused the government of ‘hypocrisy’ after its refusal to adopt a definition of Islamophobia drawn up by an All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG). Baroness Sayeeda Warsi who was also a former co-chair, said the party’s stance on anti-Muslim hatred was not as strong [...]

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

February 15th, 2020|

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 “overzealous” Prevent programme, with students and lecturers becoming “suspects and informants”. Freedom of Information requests reveal [...]

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