Extremism

Mayor tells vigil Reading community ‘shall not be divided’ by terror attack
June 27, 2020 By Faith Matters

Mayor tells vigil Reading community ‘shall not be divided’ by terror attack

The mayor of Reading has said the town’s community “shall not be divided” by the recent terror attack at a vigil held in memory of the victims one week on. Cllr David Stevens said the Berkshire town would always be “inclusive and diverse” at a private memorial event held in Market Place on Saturday evening. […]

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Home Office confirms environmentalists referred to anti-terror programme
April 14, 2020 By Faith Matters

Home Office confirms environmentalists referred to anti-terror programme

Environmental campaigners have been referred to the Home Office’s anti-terror Prevent programme amid fears they may become radicalised, it has emerged. Data obtained by The Times newspaper under Freedom of Information laws found at least 45 activists were referred to Prevent over alleged environmental extremism between April 2016 and March last year. The figures come […]

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Tommy Robinson ‘arrested over assault at Center Parcs pool’
March 3, 2020 By Faith Matters

Tommy Robinson ‘arrested over assault at Center Parcs pool’

Former English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson has been arrested after a fight broke out at a holiday park, it has been reported. The Sun said on Monday that 37-year-old Robinson got into a row with another man in the pool at Woburn Forest Center Parcs in Bedfordshire. Witnesses claimed that Robinson, whose real name […]

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Germany’s leaders look to blunt advance of extreme right following mass shooting
February 22, 2020 By Faith Matters

Germany’s leaders look to blunt advance of extreme right following mass shooting

Germany’s leaders are struggling to work out how to counter a recent rise in right-wing hate, 75 years after the Nazis were driven from power. Wednesday’s shooting rampage that began at a hookah bar in the Frankfurt suburb of Hanau was Germany’s third deadly far-right attack in a matter of months and came at a […]

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‘Institutional squeamishness’ over tackling violent extremism in jails
February 21, 2020 By Faith Matters

‘Institutional squeamishness’ over tackling violent extremism in jails

Violent extremism is “clearly not under control” in jails and there is an “institutional squeamishness” among Government officials to tackle the problem, a former prison governor has claimed. Ian Acheson, who led an independent review of Islamist extremism behind bars in 2016, made the comments after it is feared a convicted killer allegedly attempted a […]

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Boris Johnson Announces Plans to Overhaul Ways of Dealing with Convicted Terrorists
February 2, 2020 By Faith Matters

Boris Johnson Announces Plans to Overhaul Ways of Dealing with Convicted Terrorists

Boris Johnson has said he will announce plans on Monday for “fundamental changes to the system for dealing with those convicted of terrorism offences” following the terror-related incident in south London. In a statement, the Prime Minister said: “My thoughts are with the injured victims and their loved ones following today’s horrific attack in Streatham. […]

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Islamic school accuses Ofsted of ‘draconian’ practices after inadequate rating
January 30, 2020 By Faith Matters

Islamic school accuses Ofsted of ‘draconian’ practices after inadequate rating

An Islamic girls’ school has accused Ofsted of “draconian” practices, after it was rated inadequate by inspectors who found an inflammatory leaflet in its library. Inspectors gave the lowest available rating to Birchfield Independent Girls’ School in Aston, Birmingham, after discovering the leaflet giving details of a meeting held in London in 1994 to promote […]

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Burkina Faso enlist civilians in fight against Islamic extremism
January 24, 2020 By Faith Matters

Burkina Faso enlist civilians in fight against Islamic extremism

Burkina Faso’s parliament has approved legislation allowing the military to use civilian volunteers in the fight against Islamic extremism. The decision underscores how outnumbered soldiers are amid rising attacks across the West African country. The tactic is not without risk. Burkina Faso’s military has been criticised for killings carried out during its crackdown on extremism, […]

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Extinction Rebellion is Not an Extremist Group Says Minister
January 23, 2020 By Faith Matters

Extinction Rebellion is Not an Extremist Group Says Minister

Home Office minister Brandon Lewis has said that Extinction Rebellion is “in no way considered an extremist group” after it was listed as a terrorist threat by police. Mr Lewis said: “We are clear that the right to peaceful protest is a cornerstone of our just society and an indispensable channel of political and social […]

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Money Flows Funding Non-Violent Extremism Need to Be Investigated
January 15, 2020 By Faith Matters

Money Flows Funding Non-Violent Extremism Need to Be Investigated

Tackling non-violent and violent extremism involves community engagement work and due diligence capabilities and interventions from security services. It also involves community based projects which upskill the knowledge based of parents and young people, provide some theological challenge and practical pastoral care to individuals. Just some of the ways to counter extremism. Yet, as we […]

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