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Prevent/Resilience Strategies: Are they Inclusive or Divisive?

Lowe, D (2016) Prevent/Resilience Strategies: Are they Inclusive or Divisive? The New Jurist.

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Abstract

While this article’s main focus is on the UK’s Prevent strategy, it includes a comparative study with other states Prevent/Resilience strategies looking at the rationale behind their creation and the problems that emanated since their introduction. With Prevent/Resilience strategies focusing on violent extremism related to extreme Islamic ideology, this study examines how in using the terms radicalisation and alienation the divisiveness between Muslims and the rest of society developed. As the UK is the first Western state to place strands of their Prevent strategy on a statutory footing, these suspicions nor the divisiveness has diminished. Imposing a statutory responsibility on public authorities to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism has created anxiety among staff in those authorities, especially in the education sector. This has resulted in the creation of pressure groups opposed to carrying out this role. With the UK government proposing to introduce a Counter-Extremism Bill, this article argues it is imperative the Bill provides legal certainty. In relation to a statutory definition of extremism that will underpin the provisions contained in the Bill and guide action to be taken by the appropriate authorities, it needs to be related to all forms of non-violent extremism. In addition to this, it is also imperative that the accusation of Prevent police officers being an extension of counter-terrorism investigations by passing on intelligence is dispelled. In doing so it is recommended there is greater openness and transparency of Prevent officers’ role in the community and examples of how they deal with all forms of extremism are released, not just those linked to extremist Islamist terror groups. - See more at: http://newjurist.com/prevent-and-resilience-strategies.html#sthash.1kn3PE7g.dpuf

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Prevent Strategy; Terrorism; Extremism; Alienation
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: School of Law
Publisher: The New Jurist
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2016 10:11
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2016 10:11
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3855

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