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TRT: UN speaks of ‘chilling effects’ of the UK’s Prevent strategy

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The far-reaching consequences of the Prevent strategy on British Muslims is a key concern for Fionnuala Ni Aolain, the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and freedoms while countering terrorism. She shares her insights with TRT in this interview.

Despite the crucial purview of Ni Aolain’s work, she reveals that neither William Shawcross nor the British government took on board her views or other views of UN special rapporteurs regarding Prevent.

In this Q-and-A, she explains the impact of Prevent on freedom of belief, children’s rights, and civic trust and how it leads to the stifling of dissent within the UK which is necessary for diplomatic engagement.

The discussion points to the strategy being fundamentally ineffective and taking a discriminatory stance towards Muslim communities, highlighting the numerous human rights violations it entails.

Read the interivew on TRT World.

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