The Prevent strategy of the UK’s counter-extremism policy is out of step with the realities of British society, and its placing of religious communities of belonging under suspicion is counter-productive
The People's Review of Prevent
The People’s Review of Prevent is an alternative review to the Government Shawcross Review.
This review provides a voice to the people most impacted by the Prevent Duty.
Prevent is described as ‘safeguarding’ children from harms. However, under Prevent, safeguarding is focused on protecting the wider public from children believed to be ‘risky’, rather than protecting children from harms.
Throughout our report we present case studies that show how real these harms can be and the distress they cause to children and their families and carers.
Facebook’s parent company Meta is not moderating anti-Muslim hate from India – with disastrous consequences. Why? Hate speech directed at religious minorities has become a routine feature of public life in India. From 2009 to 2014 there were 19 instances of hostile rhetoric towards minorities by high-ranking politicians. But from 2014, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) entered government, to the start of 2022 there were 348 such instances – a surge of 1,130 percent. Today, some genocide experts speak of a possible genocide against India’s Muslims. In this article, MEE examines how Meta, one of the biggest media organisations in the world, has become a broadcaster of genocidal hate speech through Facebook, with potentially nightmarish consequences. Source: Facebook in India: Why is it still allowing hate speech against Muslims? | Middle East Eye
Writing on the recent Leicester violence, Dr. Chris Allen writes for the Community Policy Forum that tensions between some of the city’s Hindus and Muslims have been deteriorating and have been exacerbated a decade of austerity measures and cuts to local services. Allen also notes that: concerns were present within the city since at least 2019, so the city’s leadership has not been ‘unwarned’. the Home Secretary Suella Braverman visited Leicestershire Police on 22 September and called on the police to do their job “without fear or favour”. simultaneously, Conservative MP Bob Blackman sent a letter to Braverman blaming the disturbances on “Islamic extremists”, but he is a long-time supporter of the BJP in India. Source: Leicester Disturbances Between Hindus and Muslims: An Explainer – Community Policy Forum
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
Clicking just once on a link that that is deemed to contain terrorist material or displaying images online could lead to Muslims being prosecuted. That is according to lawyers who have been investigating some of the possible impacts of the new Counter Terrorism and Border Security Bill. Read more
Welcome to the very short online survey for the ‘Impact of Prevent in Healthcare’ research project! This project, funded by the British Academy, is run by Dr. Tarek Younis and Dr. Sushrut Jadhav. The purpose of this survey is to explore your experiences and thoughts on Prevent’s integration in the NHS. Prevent is part of the UK government’s overall counter-terrorism strategy, CONTEST. It has simply been expressed as the need to “prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.” According to the Prevent Duty Guidance (2015), healthcare professionals will now meet, identify and treat individuals they believe may be vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism through a process called radicalisation. NHS healthcare professionals and staff receive mandatory training to recognise signs that someone has been or is being radicalised – this is part of the Prevent statutory duty. The UK governement designates the NHS a ‘pre-criminal space’. It is important British Muslims share their views on Prevent; it is said “the fight against Islamist extremism
It was CAGE who first drew out the Police State as the end goal of counter-extremism policy in this first report outlining how Prevent securitises Muslim life.