PREVENT, Islamophobia and Civil Liberties National Conference
Saturday 4 JUNE, 11am – 6pm, Goldsmiths, University of London
One year ago the ‘Prevent duty’ became statutory through the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015: this imposed a duty on public bodies to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism” by implementing the PREVENT strategy.
As many warned at the time, the duty has in practice charged teachers, doctors and other professionals with monitoring people’s religious and political views.
It is eroding civil liberties and deepening discrimination against Muslims who are treated as a suspect community; last year the Metropolitan police reported that hate crimes against Muslims were up 70%.
Whilst disproportionately targeting Muslims, PREVENT and the CTS Act have also narrowed the space for political dissent in many forms.
This conference will examine the act’s implementation across different sectors. It aims to build on the growing opposition to the duty which has seen lecturers, teachers, lawyers, students, and community organisations come together and call for the act to be repealed.
Supported by: Students Not Suspects, NUS Black Students Campaign, Prevent Watch, Defend the Right to Protest, Federation Of Student Islamic Societies (FOSIS), Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC), Undercover Research Group, Campaign Against Criminalising Communities (CAMPACC), MEND, CAGE, Scotland Against Criminalising Communities, Stop the War, Stand Up to Racism, London Palestine Action, NETPOL, Spinwatch, Imran Khan Partners, Bindmans LLP, BEMA (Birmingham University Black & Ethnic Minorities’ Association), Leeds Beckett SU, Edge Hill SU, Manchester Union, Middlesex SU, Warwick SU, Haldane Society for Socialist Lawyers, Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA)
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