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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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Fair Cop founder wins partial court victory over transgender ‘hate incidents’
February 14, 2020 By Faith Matters

Fair Cop founder wins partial court victory over transgender ‘hate incidents’

Humberside Police unlawfully interfered with a man’s right to freedom of expression by turning up at his place of work over his allegedly “transphobic” tweets, the High Court has ruled. Former police officer Harry Miller, 54, who founded the campaign group Fair Cop, said the police’s actions had a “substantial chilling effect” on his right […]

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Russia ‘relentlessly persecuting Jehovah’s Witnesses’ as more than 200 blacklisted
February 9, 2020 By Faith Matters

Russia ‘relentlessly persecuting Jehovah’s Witnesses’ as more than 200 blacklisted

Russian authorities have added more than 200 Jehovah’s Witnesses to a register of extremists and terrorists, the organisation said. The latest move in a crackdown on the religious group effectively cuts them off from the country’s financial system, as being on the list leads to bank accounts being frozen and severe restrictions on any financial […]

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Government’s AI adviser calls for tougher regulation of social media
February 4, 2020 By Faith Matters

Government’s AI adviser calls for tougher regulation of social media

New regulations on social media companies should be tightened to include more transparency around how firms target users online, an independent advisory board on artificial intelligence (AI) has said. The Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation (CDEI) has urged the Government to also focus on online targeting because the public is concerned about how the […]

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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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Church apology after guidance declares sex only for straight married couples
January 31, 2020 By Faith Matters

Church apology after guidance declares sex only for straight married couples

The archbishops of Canterbury and York have apologised after the Church of England (CofE) declared only heterosexual married couples should have sex. Archbishops Justin Welby and John Sentamu said they took responsibility for releasing the CofE statement last week which they acknowledged had “jeopardised trust”. The pastoral guidance was issued to clergy after a recent […]

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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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