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PREVENT, Islamophobia and Civil Liberties National Conference
Saturday 4 JUNE, 11am – 6pm, Central London venue tbc
One year ago the 'Prevent duty' became statutory through the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015: this imposed a duty on public bodies to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism” by implementing the PREVENT strategy.
As many warned at the time, the duty has in practice charged teachers, doctors and other professionals with monitoring people’s religious and political views.
It is eroding civil liberties and deepening discrimination against Muslims who are treated as a suspect community; last year the Metropolitan police reported that hate crimes against Muslims were up 70%.
Whilst disproportionately targeting Muslims, PREVENT and the CTS Act have also narrowed the space for political dissent in many forms.
This conference will examine the act’s implementation across different sectors. It aims to build on the growing opposition to the duty which has seen lecturers, teachers, lawyers, students, and community organisations come together and call for the act to be repealed.
Supported by: Students Not Suspects, NUS Black Students' Campaign, Prevent Watch, Defend the Right to Protest, Federation Of Student Islamic Societies (FOSIS), Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC), Undercover Research Group, Campaign Against Criminalising Communities (CAMPACC), MEND, CAGE, Scotland Against Criminalising Communities, Stop the War, Stand Up to Racism, London Palestine Action, NETPOL, Spinwatch, Imran Khan Partners, Bindmans LLP, BEMA (Birmingham University Black & Ethnic Minorities' Association), Leeds Beckett SU, Edge Hill SU, Manchester Union, Middlesex SU, Warwick SU, Haldane Society for Socialist Lawyers, Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA)
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Arun Kundnani, author of The Muslims are Coming!
Gareth Peirce, Human Rights Lawyer
Liz Fekete, Institute of Race Relations
Malia Bouattia, NUS Black Students, Students Not Suspects
Rahmaan Mohammadi, Palestine badge case
Ifhat Smith, mother of “eco-terrorist” case
Patricia McManus, UCU NEC (pc)
Alex Kenny, NUT NEC
Caroline Russell, Green Party Councillor
Samayya Afzal, Women’s and Campaigns Officer, University of Bradford Union
Rachel Harger, Defend the Right to Protest
Professor Gargi Bhattacharyya
Arzu Merali, Islamic Human Rights Commission
Haras Ahmed, Prevent Watch
Vajahat Sharif, Bindmans Consultants, criminal litigator
Rob Ferguson, Newham Stand up to Racism
AbdoolKarim Vakil, Lecture King's College London
Moazzam Begg, former Guantanamo prisoner, Outreach Director CAGE
Hilary Aked, Researcher & writer
Dr Jim Wolfreys, KCL and author of forthcoming book Republic of Islamophobia: The Rise of Respectable Racism in France (Jan 2017)
Maz Saleem, daughter of the late Mohammed Saleem
Shelly Asquith, NUS VP Welfare
Suman Fernando, Royal College of Psychiatrists
Dr Rizwaan Sabir, Lecturer Criminology Liverpool John Moores University
Irfan Raja, Waltham Forest Council of Mosques
Dr Karma Nabulsi, Oxford University
Jahan Mahmood, Former Home Office Counter Terrorism Advisor
Professor David Miller, Director Spinwatch
* A Lost decade – the failure of Prevent
* Islamophobia, Prevent and institutional racism
* Prevent and the assault on learning
* Prevent and the attack on dissent
* Prevent, Islamophobia & the stigmatising of Muslim women
Practical organising workshops on:
* Know your rights and legal strategies
* Organising opposition in Higher Education
* Building community and regional networks
* Defending health, welfare and equalities against the security state