William Shawcross has attempted to smear Muslim civil society organisations in a report that seeks to position Muslims – especially those who work for positive change in communities at home and abroad – as suspects.
The Shawcross Review and People’s Review of Prevent form the topics of this discussion with Prof. John Holmwood and Dr Layla Aitlhadj.
The Shawcross recommendations to Prevent ignore the Manchester Arena Enquiry, and rather urge a greater securitisation of society that is harmful in the long term.
The Shawcross Review of Prevent urges far-reaching changes to the administrative organisation of Prevent, involving increased centralisation and direct control by the Home Office.
In ignoring the facts and arguing for Prevent-led authoritarianism in schools, Shawcross pushes aside the role of local authorities and the DfE in his review of the Prevent strategy.
The teaching of Fundamental British Values in schools is incorporated into the requirement of schools under Prevent, so why does Shawcross ignore its impact and meaning in his report?
The UK government has been called upon by community leaders, academics and more than 200 civil organisations to withdraw a controversial Prevent review.
The UK is facing a “slide into dangerous authoritarianism” if the government proceeds with the recommendations of a contentious review of Prevent, critics of the strategy have warned. In a joint letter issued on Tuesday, a coalition of civil society organisations including Amnesty International, Liberty, and a wide range of Muslim community groups called for the withdrawal of the review, which Suella Braverman, the home secretary, has already pledged to implement in full. William Shawcross’s review, published last month after years of delays, called for Prevent to prioritise the threat from Islamist extremism over far-right extremism, and said that confronting Islamist narratives should be a “principal component of Prevent activity”. Shawcross accused some critics of Prevent of themselves being “radicalising influences”, and suggested there was a “concerted campaign… to undermine and delegitimise” the programme. They said: “Despite raising legitimate evidence-based concerns, critics of Prevent have been ignored and smeared. One […]
Over 200 civil society organisations, community leaders and academics have called on the UK government to withdraw the Prevent review by William Shawcross.
Dr Layla Aitlhadj and Prof. John Holmwood introduce the second report from the People’s Review of Prevent (PRoP): A Response to the Shawcross Review of Prevent.