The Counter-Extremism Strategy Discussion Tuesday, 22 March, 3.00-4.30, Jubilee Room, House of Commons What are the responses and concerns of faith groups to the Counter-Extremism strategy and should people of faith be more concerned? FaithAction and the All-Party Parliamentary Faith and Society Group invite you to a discussion on the Counter-Extremism Strategy. Speakers include: Liam Byrne, MP – ‘The conveyor belt versus the fork in the road: towards a new theory on radicalisation’ Fiona … Continued
Reviewing the changes to Prevent, Therese O’Toole argues that since 2011 it has become increasingly expansive, pre-emptive, centralised, top-down and punitive.
Jahangir Mohammed argues that the government’s counter extremism measures are having a chilling effect on the Muslim community.
Leda Blackwood examines the psychological assumptions that are the basis for the model of Prevent training that thousands of public sector workers are being required to undertake.
Maria W. Norris argues that as Prevent is becoming more embedded in British society, it is becoming more secretive. In particular, there is little transparency in relation to how Prevent is currently implemented and what is being funded.
Despite nearly a decade of implementing Prevent and the expenditure of millions of pounds of public money, Sadek Hamid suggests that there is very little evidence to suggest that it has succeeded in its intended outcomes, whilst the current approach focuses on symptoms rather than causes of radicalisation.
Bharath Ganesh argues that following the amendments to and since the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015. Prevent now eschews community engagement for centralised control.
Commentators have argued that the city of Bristol managed to turn the implementation of Prevent into a genuine collaboration between public authorities and Bristol’s Muslim communities. Here, Aleksandra Lewicki, Therese O’Toole, Tariq Modood give an overview of their research into Bristol’s multi-agency consultative body ‘Building the Bridge’.
NAAZ RASHID: The Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) agenda included specific initiatives to empower Muslim women. Although ostensibly a response to genuine problems, Muslim women have been given a voice only as victims or survivors prepared to disclose their personal stories. Such initiatives as a result ultimately contribute to dehumanising stereotypes.
Sadek Hamid, a contributor to this site, offers his reaction to the release of the report of the Prevent Task Force (TERFOR)