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Policy Exchange report is submitted to the UN as evidence of Islamophobia and racism

The People’s Review of Prevent today submitted the Policy Exchange report, entitled Delegitimising Counter-Terrorism, as further evidence to the UN of sustained and structural discrimination against British Muslim civil society.  The report is a weak attempt to shutdown the wave of criticism that will follow the long overdue Shawcross-led government review into Prevent, which was boycotted due to its lack of independence and integrity. Policy Exchange makes the shocking claim that Muslim critics of the failing counter-extremism policy are ‘enabling terrorism’. The report offers little in terms of research or academic criticism but presents a series of attacks only Muslim civil society organisations and individuals who are critical of the government’s toxic Prevent programme and its impact on Muslims and wider society. Source: Press Release – The People Review of Prevent

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UK government straying towards ‘thought crime’ by criminalising viewing terrorist material, UN inspector says

A United Nations inspector has accused the British government of straying towards “thought crime” with a proposed law criminalising the repeated viewing of terrorist material. At the end of his UK visit, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy raised concerns about plans to make accessing propaganda “on three or more different occasions” an offence. Read more