MEND condemns Islamophobic agenda of Policy Exchange against those who criticise PREVENT
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Tuesday April 26 2022
MEND condemns the blatant Islamophobic attack on Muslim critics of the PREVENT strategy and the Shawcross review into the strategy, launched today by David Cameron and Right-Wing Think Tank Policy Exchange and further propagated by press outlets.
In recent years there has been sustained criticism of the PREVENT strategy put forward by experts from across society, including three special rapporteurs to the UN, the NEU (formerly known as the NUT), the NUS, the former Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, Amnesty International, Rights Watch UK, the Open Society Justice Initiative, the Joint Committee for Human Rights, and more than 140 academics, politicians and experts in one instance alone.
For Policy Exchange to claim that legitimate and well-founded critique of Prevent is an “Islamist” and “extremist” narrative is nonsense, and a thinly disguised and blatant attempt to shut down criticism from various Muslim groups and delegitimise them.
The report acknowledges that “MEND is frequently accepted as a partner at the local level by police services, the NHS and regional Police and Crime Commissioners”. Clearly, Policy Exchange are troubled by the fact that these agencies can think and act independently of the Government and make judgments for themselves as to whether we are “Islamist extremists” or are articulating the reasonable concerns of the Muslim community. As a national grassroots organisation, we will continue to work with local partners on this and many other issues.
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