Together Against PreventResources

The Islamic Human Rights Commission has produced a comprehensive page of Prevent Strategy campaign resources

The following links are also helpful:

In July 2017, former independent reviewer of terrorism legislation David Anderson QC presented ‘Understanding Prevent’, a Radio 4 ‘Analysis’ programme examining the Prevent programme. Download the programme here [, 17 Mb]

In June 20117, Maina Kia (UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of freedom of speech and of assembly) released a follow-up report on the UK that highlighted the Government’s focus on countering “non-violent extremism” without a narrow and explicit definition of the term and specifically referred to the Prevent strategy. The report  is available here pdf

In February 2017, the Equalities and Human Rights Commission produced a guide, ‘Delivering the Prevent duty in a proportionate and fair way’, for higher education providers in England on how to use equality and human rights law in the context of Prevent. You can download a copy here pdf

In October 2016, the Open Society Justice Initiative published ‘Eroding Trust: The UK’s Prevent Counter-Extremism Strategy in Health and Education’. The full 152-page report is available as a PDF herepdfand there is also a 16-page summary pdf

In August 2016, the House Of Commons Home Affairs Committee published its report ‘Radicalisation: the counter-narrative and identifying the tipping point’, which is available as a PDF here pdf

Netpol has produced “Resisting Prevent – an activists’ guide” available online or as a PDF here pdf

The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child: Fifth report on the UK’s compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) expressed concern that “counter-terrorism measures do not enjoy public confidence due to the lack of transparency and they are widely perceived to have a discriminatory or stigmatizing effect on children, in particular Muslim children.” The report is available at here.

Training material for the government’s Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent sessions, more commonly referred to as WRAP training, was leaked in February 2016 and is available online.

In January 2016, the Home Affairs Committee published written evidence submitted by David Anderson Q.C. (Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation), which proposes “some form of independent review of the Prevent strategy”, as “the lack of confidence in aspects of the Prevent programme, particularly but not exclusively among Muslims, is undeniable” pdf

In January 2016, the Institute of Race Relations published a report, Prevent and the Children’s Rights Convention pdf, supporting the National Union of Teachers’ call for a more rational debate on the Prevent duty in schools.

The London Assembly’s Police & Crime Committee December 2015 report ‘Preventing Extremism in London’ pdf includes a critical Minority Report by Green Party Assembly Member Jenny Jones

In December 2015, NUS Black Students Campaign launched a ‘Preventing PREVENT’ handbook on countering the Prevent agenda on campuses

The Defend Free Speech campaign launched in October 2015 to oppose the government’s proposed Extremism Disruption Orders

The Prevent Watch website went live in October 2015 and provides a mechanism for reporting Prevent-related incidents

New guidance pdf issued by the Family Courts Division in October 2015 on radicalisation cases will allow for the removal children on the basis of secret MI5 allegations their parents cannot counter and rebut.

Building Distrust: Ethnic Profiling in Primary Schools – Adam Belaon, Claystone, September 2015 pdf

School Governors and British Values – Robin Richardson, Insted Consultancy, August 2015

Educators Not Informants poster for staff working in higher education institutions in the UK to demonstrate their refusal to spy on their students, August 2015

Palestine Solidarity Campaign -Preventing our collective rights to dissent, to campaign, and to protest for Palestinian rights, August 2015

Universities and Colleges Union (UCU) – The Prevent Duty: a guide for branches and members July 2015 pdf

The Protecting Thought statement published in July 2015 has been signed by over 200 academics, activists, legal and medical professionals.

A Decade Lost: Rethinking Radicalisation and Extremism – Arun Kundnani, Claystone, January 2015 pdf

Palestine Solidarity Campaign ‘Prevent Duty Guidance’ response, January 2015

CAMPCC ‘Prevent Duty Guidance’ response, January 2015 pdf

Latest News

July 2017

Government risks ‘alienating’ Muslims with response to terror attacks, watchdog warns | Lizzie Dearden, The Independent
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/terror-attacks-uk-isis-government-alienating-muslims-report-independent-reviewer-terrorism-a7862016.html

Documents show Prevent used to censor Glasgow School of Art student’s work | Claire Kopsky, Index on Censorship
https://www.indexoncensorship.org/2017/07/documents-show-prevent-used-to-censor-glasgow-school-of-art-students-work/

Anti-terror strategy Prevent could stigmatise Muslim students say Huddersfield academics | Tony Earnshaw, Huddersfield Examiner
http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/anti-terror-strategy-prevent-could-13283614

‘Prevent duty’ ineffective, stigmatises Muslim students – research | Study International
https://www.studyinternational.com/news/prevent-duty-ineffective-stigmatises-muslim-students-research/

The Prevent duty is two years old. What’s really going on in schools and colleges? | Joel Busher, Tufyal Choudhury & Paul Thomas, Democratic Audit
http://www.democraticaudit.com/2017/07/04/the-prevent-duty-is-two-years-old-whats-really-going-on-in-schools-and-colleges/

‘Our criticism of Prevent is based on facts, not myths’ | Asim Qureshi, Al Jazeera
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2017/07/criticism-prevent-based-facts-myths-170703072558455.html

Anti-extremism Prevent drive ‘risks stigmatising’ Muslim students, Coventry University finds | James Rodger, Coventry Telegraph
http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/anti-extremism-prevent-drive-risks-13272566

Michael Gove’s ‘brain flip’ poisoned schools extremism debate | Andrew Faux, The Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/education/2017/jul/04/michael-gove-extremism-trojan-horse-schools

Teachers fear Muslim students are stigmatised by anti-radicalisation Prevent scheme | Ben Farmer & Harry Yorke, The Telegraph
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/03/teachers-fear-muslim-students-stigmatised-anti-radicalisation/

The Government Has Been Told To Resolve Its “Broken Relationship” With Muslim Communities | Aisha Gani, Buzzfeed
https://www.buzzfeed.com/aishagani/the-government-has-been-told-to-resolve-its-broken

Prevent strategy stigmatising Muslim pupils, say teachers | Sally Weale, The Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jul/03/prevent-strategy-anti-radicalisation-stigmatising-muslim-pupils-teachers

Teachers’ fears over Prevent anti-terror programme | BBC News
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-40456794

June 2017

Theresa May’s counter-extremism plan will create an incompetent police state | Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed, Open Democracy
https://www.opendemocracy.net/digitaliberties/nafeez-mosaddeq-ahmed/theresa-may-s-counter-extremism-plan-will-create-incompetent-p

Muslim children as young as nine branded terrorists in wake of recent terror attacks, reveals Childline | May Bulman, The Independent
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/nine-year-old-children-terrorists-race-faith-hate-bullying-childline-manchester-arena-terror-attack-a7810051.html

A Corbyn-led government should start by scrapping the Prevent Strategy | Ava Nanopolous, Open Democracy
https://www.opendemocracy.net/eva-nanopoulos/corbyn-led-government-should-start-by-scrapping-prevent-strategy

Andy Burnham pledges to replace Prevent strategy in Manchester | Josh Halliday, The Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jun/22/prevent-andy-burnham-greater-manchester-muslim-communities

Why criminalising non-violent extremism won’t prevent terrorism | Daniel Kirkpatrick, The Conversation
https://theconversation.com/why-criminalising-non-violent-extremism-wont-prevent-terrorism-78973

UN says Prevent extremism policy is ‘inherently flawed’ | George Greenwood, BBC News
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-40286861

What Britain needs to fight terrorism is evidence – not ideology | Sayeeda Warsi, The Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jun/05/britain-fight-terrorism-evidence-ideology-prevent-muslim-community

How should we deal with UK extremism? By erasing inequality | Faiza Shaheen, The Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jun/06/uk-extremism-manchester-london-attacks-inequality

We will not tackle extremism by stigmatising Muslim citizens | Tariq Ramadan, The Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jun/05/we-will-not-tackle-extremism-by-stigmatising-muslims

Theresa May’s talk about British values puts all Muslims under suspicion | Myriam Francois, The Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jun/04/theresa-may-british-values-muslims-terror-threat

The ‘Trojan Horse’ plot? A figment of neo-Conservative imagination | Peter Oborne, Middle East Eye
http://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/trojan-horse-plot-figment-neo-conservative-imagination-1295765958

May 2017

UN investigator calls for independent review of ‘divisive’ Prevent | Areeb Ullah, Middle East Eye
http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/un-human-rights-expert-calls-independent-review-prevent-week-election-1146596090

‘Trojan Horse’: Cases against teachers dropped | BBC News
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-40094333

Manchester attack: Abedi ‘not known’ to Prevent scheme | BBC News
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-40093926

The shameless pushers of Prevent who took advantage of the Manchester attack | Dilly Hussain, 5PillarsUK
http://5pillarsuk.com/2017/05/30/the-relentless-pushers-of-prevent-who-took-advantage-of-the-manchester-attack/

Five teachers accused in Trojan horse affair free to return to classroom | Richard Adams, The Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/education/2017/may/30/trojan-horse-tribunal-five-birmingham-teachers-islam

Sayeeda Warsi: UK policy on radicalisation ‘has been flawed for years’ | Sian Cain, The Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/may/29/sayeeda-warsi-uk-policy-on-radicalisation-has-been-flawed-for-years

Manchester bomber ‘was not referred to Prevent’ despite local concerns | Simon Hooper, Middle East Eye
http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/manchester-bomber-was-not-referred-prevent-report-975699301

If we asked young British Muslims what they think about extremism, we might actually be able to tackle the issue | Mubeen Hussain, The Independent
http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/manchester-attack-salman-abedi-young-british-muslims-voiceless-islamophobia-a7756926.html

Reality Check: Why does the Prevent strategy divide opinion? BBC News
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-2017-40060325

Theresa May plans anti-extremism drive if Tories win election | Alan Travis, The Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/may/25/theresa-may-anti-extremism-drive-tories-manchester-attack

Theresa May Is Under Pressure To Review An Anti-Extremism Strategy That Has Alienated Many Muslims |  Alex Spence, Buzzfeed
https://www.buzzfeed.com/alexspence/theresa-may-is-under-pressure-to-review-an-anti-extremism

After Manchester: It’s time to rethink Prevent |  Tom Charles, Al Araby
https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/comment/2017/5/24/after-manchester-its-time-to-rethink-prevent

After admitting it can’t define ‘extremism’, Conservative Party pledges to defeat it | Areeb Ullah, Middle East Eye
http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/after-admitting-define-extremism-Conservative-party-pledge-to-defeat-extremism-tories-pledge-defeat-extremism-despite-no-working-definition-term-1070493101

Don’t Go to the Doctor | Karma Nabulsi, London Review of Books
https://www.lrb.co.uk/v39/n10/karma-nabulsi/dont-go-to-the-doctor

Leak: counter-terrorism strategy in Scotland focuses on sectarianism and far right | Billy Briggs, The Ferret
https://theferret.scot/counter-terrorism-scotland-sectarianism-far-right-leaked-email/

EU embraces UK counter-extremism policies despite human rights concerns | Simon Hooper, Middle East Eye
http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/european-embrace-uk-counter-extremism-policies-despite-human-rights-concerns-1550167935

Lecturers ‘failing to report students over radicalisation’ | Dominic Kennedy, The Times
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/lecturers-failing-to-report-students-over-radicalisation-cc9sn668j

April 2017

Far-right Polish MEP barred from London university ‘under anti-terror laws’| Luke Dolan, TalkRadio
http://talkradio.co.uk/news/far-right-polish-mep-barred-london-university-under-anti-terror-laws-17042713091

World’s longest ambulance convoy’ defiant in face of police ‘harassment’ | Amandla Thomas-Johnson, Middle East Eye
http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/world-s-longest-ambulance-convoy-defiant-face-police-harassment-589946840

Is there any place for counterterrorism in the NHS? | Anna Gulland. British Medical Journal
http://www.bmj.com/content/357/bmj.j1998

NHS not doing enough to help police prevent terror attacks, warns Met’s counterterrorism chief | Sarah Knapton, The Telegraph
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/04/26/nhs-not-enough-help-police-prevent-terror-attacks-warns-mets/

Report signs of friends’ radicalisation, say UCL students | William McLennan, Camden New Journal
http://camdennewjournal.com/article/report-signs-of-friends-radicalisation-say-ucl-students

‘Prevent’, free speech and antisemitism | Walter Armbrust, Open Democracy
https://www.opendemocracy.net/walter-armbrust/prevent-free-speech-and-antisemitism

Low number of Scots pupils referred to anti-terror Prevent | Shan Ross, The Scotsman
http://www.scotsman.com/news/education/low-number-of-scots-pupils-referred-to-anti-terror-prevent-1-4414753

Extent of Prevent counter-terror surveillance of Scottish society to remain secret after FoI ruling | David Jamieson, Common Space
https://www.commonspace.scot/articles/10707/extent-prevent-counter-terror-surveillance-scottish-society-remain-secret-after-foi

British government uses failed Prevent as a bargaining tool in Brexit | CAGE
https://cage.ngo/article/british-government-uses-failed-prevent-as-a-bargaining-tool-in-brexit/

My ‘ethnic profiling’ arrest has shown me I’ll always be treated differently in the UK | Anonymous, The Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/apr/04/ethnic-profiling-arrest-prevent-police-terror-suspect

Met police investigating Muslim man’s wrongful arrest over terrorism | Diane Taylor, The Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/apr/03/met-police-investigating-muslim-man-wrongful-arrest-terrorism

March 2017

Baroness Warsi: Prevent scheme should be paused | BBC News
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-39399011

Prevent anti-terror scheme must change, says Jeremy Corbyn | BBC News
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-39398548

When PREVENT officers came knocking on my door | CAGE
https://cage.ngo/article/when-prevent-officers-came-knocking-on-my-door/

Baroness Warsi condemns UK’s Prevent strategy as ‘broken, toxic’ | Middle East Eye
http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/baroness-warsis-new-book-uks-prevent-strategy-broken-toxic-702187197

UK government faces calls for review into ‘effectiveness’ of Prevent | Simon Hooper, Middle East Eye
http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/uk-government-faces-calls-review-effectiveness-prevent-795761237

UK terror police use International Women’s Day to call for women to report on families | Simon Hooper, Middle East Eye
http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/uk-terror-police-use-international-womens-day-urge-women-report-families-1386840304

Madani Younis: Radical Islam play ‘was censored’ | Giverny Masso, The Stage
https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2017/madani-younis-radical-islam-play-censored/

Police chief snubs ‘Islamist terrorism’ event after criticism | Simon Hooper & Alex Macdonald, Middle East Eye
http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/police-chief-fails-appear-henry-jackson-society-panel-after-criticism-1594113197

As a young British Muslim, I’ve been kicked out a mosque and told to stay away from Google – why do I feel like a terrorist? | Yousuf Zubair, The Independent
http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/muslim-young-british-islam-fundamentalist-terrorism-isis-mosque-religion-why-feel-like-one-a7613491.html

Inclusion of CAGE as “controversial” in PREVENT training manual shows how the policy strangles debate on crucial issues | CAGE
https://cage.ngo/press-release/inclusion-of-cage-as-controversial-in-prevent-training-manual-shows-how-the-policy-strangles-debate-on-crucial-issues/

Students fear crackdown on Palestine activism on UK campuses | Areeb Ullah & Osha Al-Mossallami, Middle East Eye
http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/students-fear-crackdown-taking-place-against-palestine-activism-uk-campuses-943958508

What is an extremist? UK government admits it still doesn’t know | Simon Hooper, Middle East Eye
http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/exclusive-uk-government-still-considering-definition-extremism-1299352943

I’m now an extremist. You might be too | David Hearst, Middle East Eye
http://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/welcome-extremists-there-are-growing-numbers-us-1943859604

February 2017

Yes, another white man is UK’s terror watch dog – but diversity is nothing without reform | Arzu Merali, Middle East Eye
http://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/david-anderson-prevent-terrorism-qc-counterterrorism-839101568

REVEALED: UK universities told to ‘manage’ Palestine activism | Simon Hooper, Middle East Eye
http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/revealed-uk-universities-told-manage-palestinian-activism-1189229788

Terror Watchdog tries to sell failed PREVENT strategy despite not being his remit | CAGE
https://cage.ngo/article/terror-watchdog-tries-to-sell-failed-prevent-strategy-despite-not-being-his-remit/

David Anderson QC: Prevent strategy can work against radicalisation… if it is trusted | David Anderson QC, Evening Standard
http://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/david-anderson-qc-prevent-strategy-can-work-against-radicalisation-if-it-is-trusted-a3467901.html

Prevent is not a safety net – it is a programme designed to censor academic freedom | Charlie Peters, The Telegraph
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/2017/02/10/prevent-not-safety-net-programme-designed-censor-academic/

Children as young as four to be taught about extremism as part of plans to toughen up Prevent strategy, leaked proposals reveal | Harry Yorke, The Telegraph
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/2017/02/10/children-young-four-taught-extremism-part-plans-toughen-prevent/

he Prevent duty turned my young clients’ lives upside down and destroyed their trust in others – it must be repealed | Debaleena Dasgupta, Liberty
https://www.liberty-human-rights.org.uk/news/blog/prevent-duty-turned-my-young-clients-lives-upside-down-and-destroyed-their-trust-others-it

East Lancashire MPs criticise Government’s anti-radicalisation scheme | Nic Marko, Lancahire Telegraph
http://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/news/15069511.East_Lancashire_MPs_criticise_Government___s_anti_radicalisation_scheme/

Teachers are referring children to Prevent anti-terror programme ‘because they fear their schools will be marked down by Ofsted if they don’t’ | Kelly McLaughlin, Daily Mail
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4181348/Teachers-refer-children-Prevent-fear-markdowns.html

My little children were detained because of a toy gun. Prevent has gone too far | Anonymous, The Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/01/children-detained-toy-gun-prevent-strategy

How Preventing Terror is Promoting Violence | Rob Faure Walker, Discover Society
http://discoversociety.org/2017/02/01/how-preventing-terror-is-promoting-violence/

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