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BBC: Sara Khan says government’s counter-extremism strategy is ‘not fit for purpose’

3 June, 2022 – Speaking on the BBC’s Political Thinking podcast, Dame Sara Khan, a campaigner who has been accused in the past of being a mouthpiece for the Home Office, says Prevent should be “ideologically blind”. Khan also said the UK’s counter-extremism strategy, which is separate from the counter-terrorism scheme involving Prevent, was “completely outdated, it’s no longer fit for purpose”. Asked about Prevent, the former counter-extremism commissioner, who now advises the levelling up secretary, Michael Gove, on social cohesion, said: “Good policy has to be ideologically blind …”

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Sara Khan to speak in UAE alongside Trump envoy who ‘lobbied for Tommy Robinson’ #Religion

The UK’s commissioner for countering extremism is scheduled to deliver a keynote speech at a conference in the United Arab Emirates alongside a Trump administration official who is reported to have lobbied on behalf of British anti-Muslim activist Tommy Robinson. Sara Khan, whose appointment to the newly created Home Office role was widely criticisedearlier this year, is due to speak on Wednesday during the opening session of the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies in Abu Dhabi, according to a conference agenda seen by Middle East Eye. Critics have denounced the forum as a “PR initiative” to boost the UAE’s image abroad, despite frequent criticism by human rights groups, and to call for the citizens of Muslim-majority countries to be “obedient to their rulers”. Read more

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Extremism tsar Sara Khan defends her job in front of parliamentary committee

The government’s controversial “extremism tsar” Sara Khan has defended her suitability for the job in front of a parliamentary committee. Khan appeared before the Home Affairs Committee yesterday and was quizzed about the unpopularity of the government’s Prevent counter-terror strategy among Muslim communities, as well as her credentials for doing the job given her own unpopularity among Muslim stakeholders. During her testimony Khan launched a defence of the Prevent strategy saying that if it were explained better to communities and if the government builds trust with Muslims it would have more support. Read more