Prevent is worse than the cure

The government’s counter-extremism strategy is failing – even its own data says so, writes Amrit Singh

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The government’s disclosure this month of statistics about its Prevent counter-extremism strategy was a welcome step towards transparency. But it further confirmed what we have known all along: the strategy is not only unjust, but also counterproductive.

The Prevent strategy, in effect in various forms since 2003, aims to stop people from becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. Since July 2015, a statutory Prevent duty has required public sector entities – including schools – to identify individuals at risk of being drawn to terrorism (including violent and non-violent “extremism”) for ...

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