Conference to be held in London on fighting extremism

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SHAFAQNA - IHRC’s conference plans to address the UK government’s PREVENT strategy. For several years the Home Office has funded a programme supposedly to ‘Prevent Violent Extremism’. As a basic rationale, people espousing ‘non-violent extremism’ create an environment in which terrorists can operate and encourage ‘violent extremism’. Therefore entire Muslim communities must be monitored for ‘extremist’ ideas – defined as hostility to ‘British values’. This phrase conflates universal human values with the British state, whose foreign policy regularly contradicts the supposed values. In practice those who criticise UK foreign policy have been treated as ‘extremists’ by the Prevent programme.

This has spread fear within Muslim communities, as well as among voluntary organisations and public employees who are expected to implement the programme. Even worse, it is given a statutory basis by the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act.

Co-sponsored by the Campaign Against Criminalising Communities (CAMPACC) and the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers

Speakers:

Marie Breen-Smyth – University of Surrey

Leroy Logan – Founder & Chairman of REALLITY, retired policeman

Alex Kenny – National Union of Teachers, member of National Executive Committee

Arun Kundnani – New York University

Patricia McManus – member of UCU National Executive Committee, and Secretary of Brighton University UCU

Basmah Sahib – Bindmans LLP

Katy Sian – University of Manchester

Umit Yildiz – Universities and Colleges Union (UCU) Equality Officer

Supporting Organisations:

Bandung2

Bindmans

Black Activists Rising Against Cuts

CAGE UK

Free Talha

Lewisham Islamic Centre

Muslim Directory UK

Netpol

NUS Black Students

Scotland Against Criminalising Communities

The Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers

University and College Union

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