[Voiceover]: What is Prevent?

Shazad Amin: Prevent is part of the UK government's counterterrorism strategy, and it came around after the tragic 7/7 London bombings. But a significant change came about in 2015, when it was made a statutory duty for all public sector employees. So you know basically, we brought in social workers, teachers, doctors, university lecturers, etc. So suddenly the workplaces became potential areas for identifying people and children, as well, because don't forget this strategy bizarrely starts from nursery school onwards. So basically, the government says we need to kind of find these people before they become violent, yes? Essentially. So who are the people expressing extreme views? Now the problem with that, obviously you can see straight away, is that there is a very wide spectrum.
Discrimination, Institutions, Justice

What is the UK government’s controversial Prevent strategy? (Clip)

Published on 18 Jul 2022

Prevent is a controversial aspect of the UK government’s anti-terrorism strategy, that many argue puts at risk the rights and freedoms of people – particularly Muslims – across the UK. This film explores the issues with Prevent, the government’s review of it and why 17 human rights organisations decided to boycott that review after Sir William Shawcross was appointed to lead it.

It features interviews with: Rania Hafez, senior education lecturer at the University of Greenwich, who tells us about how Prevent has impacted the education sector. Dr Shazad Amin, Deputy Chair of MEND (Muslim Engagement and Development), who provides an overall context of the issues with Prevent, and why MEND (along with 16 other organisations) signed up to the aforementioned boycott. And finally an anonymous story of a mother whose son was unfairly referred to Prevent at just 11 years old.

In this clip we hear from Dr. Shazad Amin about what exactly Prevent is. You can watch the full film here.

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