[Shazad Amin]: Prevent is part of the UK government's counterterrorism strategy. Basically, the government says we need to kind of find these people before they become violent. So suddenly the workplaces became potential areas for identifying people and children.

[Rania Hafez]: I think Prevent when it came to the fore, it started worrying quite a few of us teachers. Prevent was, it's fair to say, poisoning the relationship between tutors and students. But also it was targeting particular groups of students, namely Muslim students.

[Fatima voiceover]: The school missed my son's need, he needed support, and the school failed to give him that support. In fact, they failed to even recognise that need, because they were so hell-bent on "This is a brown Muslim boy, he must be a terrorist". He was profiled.

[Shazad Amin]: The evidence shows, that a British Muslim is eight times more likely to be referred to a Channel programme under Prevent. Now, you might say, well, what's the big deal about that, but that shows it's clearly discriminatory. If the political will was there, the actual research could be done to identify what are the risk factors that leads someone to committing a terrorist act? Rather than simply having this scattergun approach where you refer essentially, anyone you're a bit worried about. And that's what's happening.

[Rania Hafez]: This policy is problematic for all of us as citizens because it is actually creating a them and us binary. It's also restricting freedom of speech and thought for everybody. It starts now with people of a Muslim faith, but that extends.

[Voiceover]: The Prevent strategy puts at risk the rights and freedoms of people -particularly Muslims- across the UK. Watch our full film on Prevent to find out more about this controversial strategy and the concerns around the government’s review of it.
Discrimination, Institutions, Justice

What is Prevent? [Official Trailer]

Published on 18 Jul 2022

Prevent is a controversial aspect of the 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.

You can watch the full film here.

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