CEP launched CEP Europe in June 2015 to unite individuals and groups across Europe to combat extremism. CEP Europe’s operations in the United Kingdom expands CEP’s mission of exposing the threat of extremism and countering extremist ideologies to a country that has directly suffered from extremist violence and homegrown radicalization. CEP Europe’s activities in the United Kingdom draws on the expertise of former government officials, academics, and grassroots activists. CEP Europe’s work in the U.K., in coordination with other CEP Europe offices, builds upon CEP’s overall efforts to expose extremist financing; rally support for programs to counter the narrative of extremists; and advocate for smart laws, policies, and regulations that promote freedom, security, and tolerance.
Blog: View from the U.K.
In March, David Anderson Q.C. and Lord Carlile of Berriew Q.C. were asked to attend a meeting of the Human Rights Committee in the U.K. Parliament to discuss the human rights ramifications of the U.K. Government’s PREVENT programme.
The PREVENT programme, as launched in 2011, aims to safeguard people and communities from the threat of terrorism and extremism. PREVENT officers work with a wide range of sectors and organisations, and support individuals who are at risk of being drawn into terrorist or extremist activity. In 2015, the British government imposed a legal obligation on teachers, health workers, and universities to prevent violent extremism. However, the effectiveness of the PREVENT program and its practices continue to be a source of... Read More
On 2 February 2016, representatives of tech giants Google, Facebook, and Twitter appeared in front of the U.K. Parliament’s Home Affairs Select Committee as part of its Countering Extremism Inquiry.
Facebook hosts 1.59 billion accounts across the world, Twitter has 320 million users, and Google, just the previous day, had become the largest company in the world. Google’s subsidiary YouTube sees 400 hours of video uploaded every minute. In short, these companies provide very powerful platforms for communicating used by people all over the world.
The U.K. Anti-Terror Police Chief Mark Rowley had reported to the Committee in 2015 that cooperation between U.K. security authorities and Internet-based services were less than ideal, going as far as to say... Read More
Welcome to the View from the U.K., perspectives on the state of extremism, radicalisation, and counterterrorism in a country challenged by the threat of ISIS recruiting and home-grown violence.
In December, the United Kingdom published long-awaited findings from its internal review of the Muslim Brotherhood’s ideology and activities. Prime Minister David Cameron had commissioned this review in early 2014 to better understand the origins and ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood and to determine the role—potentially beneficial or harmful—it plays within the Muslim community of the U.K. and the world at large.
The main findings of the review and Mr. Cameron’s speech that accompanied its publication, clearly demonstrate how aspects of the Brotherhood’s origins, history, ideology, and current activities “run counter to British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, equality... Read More