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  • By on July 13, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    London’s Palestine Expo reveals weaknesses of the UK’s counter-extremism strategy

    Last weekend (8-9 July), Palestine Expo 2017 took place at the QEII Centre, a government owned building in the heart of Westminster. Many thousands attended a series of events intended to celebrate Palestinian culture. In practice, the conference also served as a platform for controversial speakers with a history of extremism. We at Student Rights are especially alarmed by the outreach and focus on students and young people at Palestine Expo 2017. We strongly urge the government to consider steps that would prevent public buildings from being used by these organisers in future. Read more...

  • By on July 5, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    Salford Student President who opposes Prevent reveals troubling views on social media

    Zamzam Ibrahim, President of the Salford Student’s Union and a member of the NUS’s National Executive Council (NEC), has been at the forefront of efforts to delegitimise Prevent and pressure her fellow student officials to stop engaging with it. Ibrahim has hosted the controversial group MEND and called the government’s Prevent strategy “disastrous” and “racist”. It has also been revealed that Ibrahim has controversial views on religious supremacism, racial differences and male-female relations. We believe that divisive comments are inappropriate for those occupying positions of responsibility in student organisations. Read more...

  • By on June 30, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    Controversial group CAGE uses Facebook to ‘suggest’ advertisement

    Student Rights recently received a ‘suggested video’ on Facebook from CAGE, the controversial prisoner lobby group, which was entitled ‘10 Reasons to donate to CAGE’. Many members of the Facebook community who have received this advertisement will be unaware of CAGE’s history of extremist and Islamist connections as well as their record of opposing the government’s counter-terrorism measures. Troubling advertising of this kind is not sufficiently regulated or moderated by internet sites. Read more...

  • By on June 21, 2017 at 11:05 am

    Student Islamic Societies Raise Money for Controversial Islamic Charity

    A controversial charity with alleged ties to extremism is appealing for money from students and Islamic student societies to build mosques abroad. As part of a fundraising initiative during Ramadan, a partnership entitled ‘The Mosque Project’, managed by the Ummah Welfare Trust (UWT) in partnership with a number of student Islamic societies, aims to build six masjids in four Muslim countries. However, the UWT has a controversial past, including displaying extremist material on their website and hosting extremist speakers at their events. The UWT’s financial accounts were closed by Barclays Bank in 2008, and by HSBC in 2014. It is disturbing that altruistic students are being exploited by charities with controversial histories and alleged ties to extremism. Read more...

  • By on June 15, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    Durham students handed leaflets encouraging terrorism by banned Islamist preacher

    As part of their ‘Discover Islam’ week held in March this year, Durham University Islamic Society (DUISOC) has distributed leaflets written by Dr. Zakir Naik, an Islamist preacher banned from the UK in 2010. The leaflet in question, entitled ‘Answers to Non-Muslims’ Common Questions About Islam’, argues that “every Muslim should be a terrorist to anti-social elements in society”. Dr. Naik’s comments about terrorism have not been limited to unfortunate metaphors. His lectures and writings are extremely popular and it is worrying that his illiberal views and support for terrorism have begun to turn up on university campuses. Read more...

  • By Student Rights on June 6, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    Former Chief Prosecutor’s Comments on Prevent Resonate After London Attacks

    Last Saturday, Nazir Afzal OBE, Former Chief Crown Prosecutor for the North-West of England and Chief Executive of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, spoke to The Times. Afzal confirmed the findings of much of our previous research, namely that a host of organisations within the Muslim community have been conspiring to undermine trust in the government’s Prevent strategy. Hours later, attacks at London Bridge and Borough Market claimed seven lives and injured another 48. Afzal’s prescient comments remind us of the tireless importance of working with the Muslim community to sideline extremists and stop others from being radicalised in future. Read more...

  • By Student Rights on June 5, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    Manchester Bomber’s Connections to Salford University

    Salman Abedi, the suicide bomber involved in last week’s attack in Manchester, is known to have attended Salford University. This is a notable fact. The atmosphere at Salford University has been decidedly hostile towards official efforts to combat radicalisation. Salford University Students’ Union has previously boycotted Prevent and condemned the UK’s counter-extremism strategy. The university has also given a platform to Abdullah al-Andalusi, a speaker with controversial views. Read more...

  • By on April 28, 2017 at 7:40 am

    Student Rights on campus at Sheffield University

    Student Rights appeared at the University of Sheffield this week, where students discussed concerns about extremist speakers and debated the Prevent Duty. Read more...

  • By on April 24, 2017 at 9:50 am

    Report Launch: Spotting the Signs of Extremism

    A new report by the Henry Jackson Society: Spotting The 'Signs of Extremism, Identifying Vulnerability to Radicalisation Among Students' will be released on Thursday 27th April. Read more...

  • By Student Rights on March 27, 2017 at 7:10 am

    Mitigating the Risks? Compliance with the Prevent Duty on Campus

    Eighteen months on from the imposition of the Prevent Duty on the higher education sector, how universities have responded was discussed in Parliament last week... Read more...

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