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MCB responds to Prevent review legal challenge

STATEMENT

20 December 2019

Muslim Council of Britain responds to Prevent review legal challenge

The Muslim Council of Britain today has today welcomed the news that the deeply flawed review to the Prevent strategy will now be reconsidered by the Government following a legal challenge by Rights Watch UK.

The Government’s review into the controversial Prevent strategy was challenged on the basis of the lack of independence of the reviewer, Lord Carlile, who has previously declared his strong support for the programme, and because the terms of reference of the review did not seek to look into the impact of the counter-terrorism strategy on communities thus far, risking the review being nothing more than a rubber-stamping exercise.

Commenting, Harun Khan, Secretary General of the MCB said:

“We welcome the news that Lord Carlile will no longer be leading the independent review into Prevent, and that the terms of reference will be reconsidered. We have long advocated a robust, wide-ranging and objective review of this strategy that has left Muslims feeling demonised, targeted and spied on. A truly independent review of how this strategy has impacted communities, under the stated terms of reference, would have been impossible under Carlile, a long-time supporter of Prevent.

“The Government should now look further afield to find a reviewer truly independent enough to lead a review of Prevent that fosters trust amongst supporters and critics alike.”

ENDS

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