7pm, Thursday 25th June
Amnesty Human Rights Action Centre, London, EC2A 3EA
Prevent was introduced as part of the government’s post-9/11 counter-terrorism strategy. Instead of being an effective way of genuinely countering extremism, it is rightly perceived as what Baroness Warsi called a “Cold War against British Muslims.” Now it has been given added legitimacy as part of the Counter-terrorism and Security Act (CTS), passed in 2015.
Now CTS is being used to criminalise legitimate dissent. Under the new government this is only going to get worse. Only a few days after the election, David Cameron announced even more sinister powers under a new Extremism Bill – a taste of what’s to come if we don’t challenge this legislation.
This public meeting will bring together a broad range of speakers from different sectors – journalism, politics, arts, education, health. It will be the start of a process of coalition-building across organisations and sectors to engage people in this issue and start challenging the new and serious threats we face.
Speakers include:Peter Oborne, Associate Editor of the Spectator, Sally Hunt, General Secretary of UCU, Karma Nabulsi, Professor at Oxford University