What back to school means for PREVENT

September 12th, 2020|

Children are heading back to school this week. As a parent, my deepest respect goes out to those who have juggled home-schooling their children over the past months with other responsibilities. Prior to the pandemic, the association between education and a brick-and-mortar school was hardwired into the minds of most [...]

The limits of inclusivity: Islamophobia in higher education | openDemocracy

July 18th, 2020|

The confrontation with racism inspired by Black Lives Matter is to be welcomed. At the same time it’s a cause for despair that society remains blighted by so much bigotry and prejudice. Bewilderment at the endurance of racism has inspired concerted attempts to understand the social structures that sustain it. [...]

Anti-terror scheme ‘reinforcing stereotypes of Muslims’ – Leicestershire Live

July 18th, 2020|

A leading Leicester imam has welcomed a new report calling for the anti-terrorism scheme Prevent to be scrapped at universities. Prevent was set up by the Home Office in response to the 2005 terror attacks in London, and the aim was to stop vulnerable people being turned into terrorists by radicals. Part [...]

Prevent doesn’t stop students being radicalised. It just reinforces Islamophobia | Universities | The Guardian

July 18th, 2020|

The UK government has long maintained that radicalisation is a problem in universities and that Prevent, the national counter-terror programme, is an essential means of tackling it. Yet recently the Office for Students reported very little such activity: in 2017-18, only 15 referrals were made by universities to Channel in England (the Prevent [...]

Prevent reinforces stereotypes and leads Muslim students to self-censor: Report | Middle East Eye

July 18th, 2020|

A new study has revealed that the UK government's Prevent counterterrorism strategy has reinforced negative stereotypes about Islam and Muslims and caused students to self-censor their views on campus. According to a study published on Monday by SOAS University of London along with the universities of Lancaster, Durham and Coventry, students who supported Prevent were almost three [...]

Prevent reinforces negative views of Islam and Muslims – new report says – About Manchester

July 18th, 2020|

The UK Government’s counter-terrorism Prevent strategy has reinforced negative stereotypes of Muslims and has encouraged ‘a culture of mutual suspicion and surveillance’ on university campuses, says a new report out today. The UK government has long maintained that radicalisation is a problem in UK universities and that Prevent is an [...]

British counterterrorism bill takes the country further down a dangerous road | Middle East Eye

July 18th, 2020|

Although Britain’s Counterterrorism and Sentencing Bill recently passed its second reading in parliament, there has been little attention paid to the implications of its dangerous proposals. Even more concerning is that it has been pushed through at a time when parliament is not functioning at full capacity due to the coronavirus pandemic and when Prevent - the [...]

People with mental health problems are more likely to be referred to government’s counterterrorism programme | The BMJ

July 18th, 2020|

People with mental health problems are more likely to be reported by the NHS to Prevent, the government’s counterterrorism strategy, a report has found.1Research by health charity Medact found that a disproportionate number of referrals come from mental health trusts or departments, reiterating a 2016 finding published in The BMJ [...]

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