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Prevent should be scrapped not reviewed

Amid the craziness of the Brexit debate and the ongoing snowfall, the UK’s security minister Ben Wallace decided the time had come for an independent review of the controversial government Prevent counter extremism strategy. The decision was warmly welcomed by Labour MP Naz Shah, Baroness Sayeeda Warsi and The Muslim Council of Britain. With questions over the disclosure, “independence” and terms of the review hanging in the air, organisations like Human Rights Watch and Open Society Justice were hesitantly pulling at their party poppers. Other organisations, like CAGE, were more critical and thought that calling for a review meant the government had conceded the policy lacks any trust or credibility. Read more

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Campaigners’ pressure forces review of Prevent anti-terror strategy

Ministers have bowed to pressure and announced an independent review into the government’s anti-radicalisation strategy. Revealing the move, Ben Wallace, the security minister, accused critics of the Prevent programme of using “distortion and spin” and called on them to produce evidence for their allegations. Civil liberties and human rights organisations have claimed that Prevent discriminates against Muslims. Read more

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Prevent: Tories launch review into ‘toxic’ anti-terror scheme after long campaign

The Prevent anti-terror scheme will undergo an independent review after concerns have previously been raised about the strategy. In announcing the move, security minister Ben Wallace said critics of Prevent have previously used “distortion and spin” and urged them to “produce solid evidence of their allegations”. Prevent, which is aimed at all forms of extremism, has repeatedly come under fire, with critics labelling it heavy-handed and “toxic”. Read more

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CAGE: Government concedes PREVENT has lost all credibility as it tries to revive it through accepting an ‘independent Review’

London – In allowing an ‘independent review’ of PREVENT to go ahead the Government has conceded that the policy lacks any trust or credibility. The announcement made by the Security Minister Ben Wallace should be viewed with caution by communities, academics and activists who have been successful in their outright rejection of the policy and in demonstrating its toxicity. This is a time to double up on the calls to end PREVENT. Wallace’s own Parliamentary speech on the Review seemed to point in this direction; as being a means to pacify opponents without offering anything substantive – similar to recent disappointments such as the Chilcot review and Leveson Inquiry. Read more

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Muslim Council of Britain Welcomes Independent Review of Prevent

The Muslim Council of Britain today welcomed the acceptance by government to launch an inquiry into the controversial Prevent strategy, which is part of the government’s counter-terrorism strategy. Following Security Minister Ben Wallace’s statement in the House of Commons, accepting the Lords’ Amendment calling for an Independent Review of Prevent, Harun Khan, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain said: “For far too long, the Prevent strategy has affected the lives of innocent families, been criticised for mainstreaming discrimination and lost the trust of communities around the UK. This latest step is crucial for all those who have campaigned for an Independent Review of Prevent. Everyone committed to developing a truly effective strategy for tackling terrorism understands that it must be transparent, accountable and hold the trust of communities. Read more

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Prevent strategy on radicalisation faces independent review

The government’s anti-radicalisation Prevent strategy is to be independently reviewed after ministers gave into longstanding pressure to address concerns over its impact on communities. The security minister, Ben Wallace, announced the review in the House of Commons but threw down the gauntlet to critics of the strategy to produce “solid evidence of their allegations”, accusing them of using “distortion and spin”. The move was announced after the government accepted an amendment to the counter-terrorism and border security bill passing through parliament. Read more

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Calls for independent review of Government’s Prevent strategy due to ‘mistrust’

Liberal Democrat Baroness Hamwee warned in the Lords that there was “mistrust” of the Prevent strategy. Lady Hamwee said that keeping it under review internally was not enough and added: “We need to know what is working and what isn’t working.” Her demand in committee stage debate on the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill was backed by Green peer Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb who said there was “mistrust and distrust of Prevent in many places”. Read more

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Ahmed Hassan: Parsons Green bomber failings revealed

Experts considered removing the Parsons Green Tube bomber from a list of extremists 10 days before he carried out the attack, a review has found. Ahmed Hassan, 18, took a bomb onto the Tube last September after more than 18 months of concerns that he had been radicalised by the Islamic State group. A review into how much police and other authorities knew of Hassan has been published on Monday. It reveals a series of errors made by police and Surrey County Council. Read more