Preventing Violent Extremism?

Preventing Violent Extremism?

Unfortunately the Water Lily venues have cancelled our booking as the organisation CAGE is one of the supporting organisations. This has meant that we have had to change our venue. Please see below


Amanah Centre, 251 Commercial Road, London E1 2BT

(Nearest stations: Shadwell / Whitechapel / Aldgate East)

Parking is available around the area and is free on Saturday but we cannot guarantee parking close to the venue will be found

DATE: Saturday, 13 June 2015

TIME: 2pm – 5pm

Entry is FREE. Lunch will be served at 1pm

Please confirm your attendance to for registration/catering purposes

IHRC’s conference plans to address the UK government’s PREVENT strategy. For several years the Home Office has funded a programme supposedly to ‘Prevent Violent Extremism’. As a basic rationale, people espousing ‘non-violent extremism’ create an environment in which terrorists can operate and encourage ‘violent extremism’. Therefore entire Muslim communities must be monitored for ‘extremist’ ideas – defined as hostility to ‘British values’. This phrase conflates universal human values with the British state, whose foreign policy regularly contradicts the supposed values. In practice those who criticise UK foreign policy have been treated as ‘extremists’ by the Prevent programme.

This has spread fear within Muslim communities, as well as among voluntary organisations and public employees who are expected to implement the programme. Even worse, it is given a statutory basis by the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act.

Co-sponsored by the Campaign Against Criminalising Communities (CAMPACC) and the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers


Marie Breen-Smyth – University of Surrey

Cerie Bullivant – CAGE UK

Leroy Logan – Founder & Chairman of REALLITY, retired policeman

Alex Kenny – National Union of Teachers, member of National Executive Committee

Arun Kundnani – New York University

Patricia McManus – member of UCU National Executive Committee, and Secretary of Brighton University UCU

Basmah Sahib – Bindmans LLP

Katy Sian – University of Manchester

Umit Yildiz – Universities and Colleges Union (UCU) Equality Officer

Supporting Organisations:


Bindmans LLP

Black Activists Rising Against Cuts


Free Talha

Lewisham Islamic Centre

Muslim Directory UK


NUS Black Students

Scotland Against Criminalising Communities

The Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers

University and College Union

The programme is being live streamed online at and recorded for upload to the IHRC YouTube/Vimeo etc. platforms. There will in addition be several members of the press at the conference. Usually we try and provide facilities for those who do not want to be filmed, however on some occasions we are unable to offer this, and this conference is one of those occasions. Therefore by attending you are agreeing to be filmed.

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