Ministers ignored official recommendations to combat hateful extremism

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Ministers have failed to act on any official recommendations to tackle the rise of extremism in Britain, it has emerged.

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Over the three years, the Commission for Extremism (CCE) – set up by Theresa May in the wake of the Manchester Arena attack – has repeatedly warned that more must be done to deal with the threats facing Britain, including closing legal loopholes. includes doing. Who inspired the terrorists to be free.

But ministers have not formally responded to any reports issued by the body since 2019, and no suggested measures have been taken, despite warnings that the government will not respond until Security hazards will worsen.


It comes as counter-terrorism police investigate the murder of Conservative MP Sir David Ames, who was stabbed to death during a constituency surgery inside a church on Friday. Authorities are reportedly probing whether Ali Harbi Ali, 25, arrested on charges of murder, was “self-radicalised” during the lockdown.

Feigen Murray, whose son Martin Hett was killed in the Manchester attack, cited the report of the Manchester Arena investigation which warned that “doing nothing is not an option” in relation to the threat of extremism, and that if action is not taken. If done so, more people could be harmed. .

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He said, “Violent extremism continues to threaten communities and with the attacks on the Manchester Arena in London, the Reading attack, to mention, but few have given ample opportunities to learn a lesson and establish what needs to be done, ” He said. Granthshala.

“It is a matter of concern if the police and other professionals of relevance are confused about what to do when faced with hate extremism.”

Speaking before Sir David’s death, Brendan Cox, the widower of slain Labor MP Joe Cox, said: “Given the seriousness of the subject and the expertise of those involved, it seems strange that it was not acted upon – or less Answered at least – Recommendations made [by the CCE]. Nothing is more important than protecting the public. “

However, despite warnings, the future of the CCE is now in doubt as the government failed to replace the principal commissioner and appointed an advisor to oversee its “structure and function”.

In its review of three years of operations published earlier this year, the CCE asked the government to implement its recommendations. “The threat of hate extremism is not averted, but is developing and worsening,” the document said.

“We must all take this threat to our citizens, our communities, and our democracy seriously and act decisively as a nation to ensure that we are able to respond to activity that leads to hate.” and attempts to normalize the incitement of violence.”

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In February, a review by Sir Mark Rowley, the former head of the CCE and Britain’s counter-terrorism police, found that new laws were needed to prevent hate groups from “working with punishment”.

It said extremists were taking advantage of the gap between existing hate crime and terrorism laws, and that some terrorists, such as the mastermind of the London Bridge attack, could have been arrested earlier if stricter laws were in place.

Sir Mark, who retired in 2018 as head of the UK counter-terrorism police, told GranthshalaI have not received any response from the Home Office on their plans regarding our report on the absence of a coherent legal framework to deal with hate extremism.

“In certain circumstances it is legal to intentionally incite racial or religious hatred or to glorify terrorism. These are the dangerous loopholes uncovered in our report that continue to be exploited by hateful extremists.”

Another report published by the CCE found that there was “an alarming level of confusion” among police on how to respond to hate extremism, due to the “lack of any clear operational definition” and proper training.

The CCE criticized the government for adopting a “misleading and ineffective approach” based on a vague and ambiguous definition of ‘extremism’ with its 2015 anti-extremism strategy.

Former chief commissioner for combating extremism Sara Khan hasn’t been completely replaced

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Former chief commissioner for combating extremism Sara Khan hasn’t been completely replaced

The body noted: “In contrast to the government’s failed attempt on an extremism bill in 2015, the commission’s report and recommendations have received widespread public support from many religion leaders and the national leadership for counter-terrorism policing.”

In March, the CCE said it needed statutory powers that would enable it to conduct inquiries, publish assessments and set up a research centre.

In a letter sent in March to Sara Khan, the former chief commissioner for combating extremism, the home secretary committed not to implement any of the recommendations.

Priti Patel said the October 2019 CCE’s flagship report, which called for significant government action, including an official definition of hate extremism, had contributed to the consideration of “how we deal with it”.

He said the ‘Operating with Immunity’ report would be “very carefully considered”, but a full response to its recommendations has not been published and no action has been announced.

Ms Khan was not replaced when her term ended in March and the “interim” chief commissioner Robin Simcox’s post is due to expire this month.


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