PREVENT duty: Should It Stay or Should It Go Now?
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About the Event
For years, communities, activists, academics and civil liberties organisations have been calling for an independent review of Prevent, part of the government’s counter terrorism strategy that aims to stop people from being radicalised. Whilst proponents of this strategy claim that it has successfully diverted vulnerable individuals from radicalisation, opponents argue that it has proven ineffective and fosters discrimination against those of the Muslim faith or background. This webinar examines the effectiveness of the Prevent programme; the real-life impact it has, including on mental health; when and why cases end up in court; and whether it fosters discrimination of Muslims, especially given its recent expansion to encompass far-right extremism, and animal and environmental activists.
About the Speakers
Dr Layla Aitlhadj, Director and Senior Caseworker at Prevent Watch
Prevent Watch a community funded organisation that supports individuals impacted by the Prevent Duty. Dr Aitlhadj has over 5 years of experience in supporting those impacted by Counter Terror legislation. At the core of Prevent Watch’s service is a free helpline where caseworkers offer clients support and advice depending on the circumstances and the stage of the PREVENT referral. Prevent Watch has supported over 500 clients to take control of their cases from explaining the process to putting them in touch with Solicitors for legal support. Prevent Watch also works with journalists, academics and other professionals to highlight the impact of Prevent. You can read more about their work at: www.preventwatch.org
Attiq Malik, Director of Liberty Law Solicitors
Attiq is a Director of Liberty Law Solicitors and a Solicitor-Advocate with rights of audience to appear in all Civil and Criminal Courts in England & Wales. Attiq’s current criminal case load comprises of complex fraud, terrorism and murder cases amongst others. Having appeared on the pilot episode of Channel 4’s hit TV programme 24 Hours in Police Custody, where he and his team achieved an acquittal for a client facing a charge of conspiracy to murder, his criminal practice has undergone a rapid expansion in the areas of serious crime. In his spare time, Attiq undertakes pro-bono community work such as Actions against the Police and has campaigned in this regard, with the organisation ‘Luton for Justice’, for cases such as that of Leon Briggs and Faruk Ali against Bedfordshire Police.
Shahreen Khanom, Family Solicitor specialising in Radicalisation cases
Shahreen is a family law solicitor specialising in children and matrimonial law. She has extensive experience in complex care case and in particular ’radicalisation; cases. Her early experience as a solicitor representing clients in criminal, extradition, prison law and judicial review matters in some of the leading terrorism and extradition cases post 9/11 has enabled her as a family specialist to represent parents in the earliest known “radicalisation” cases in the family courts to the present date. These cases have shaped the development of radicalisation as a new facet of child protection laws before the courts. Her expertise in this area continues to evolve to now include representing “returnee” parents from conflict zones, parents seeking to discharge final care orders and parents seeking contact with children following periods of imprisonment and rehabilitation.
Dr Tark Younis, Cultural and critical clinical psychologist, Middlesex University
Dr Younis is currently a Lecturer in Psychology at Middlesex University. His previous research explored the racialisation of Muslims as a result of statutory counter-terrorism policies in mental health. He has written on Western Muslim identities; Islamophobia; the securitisation and racism of mental health; and how Muslims are increasingly marginalised through colour blind policies which do not target them explicitly. He teaches on the impact of culture, religion, globalisation and security policies on mental health interventions.
This webinar is introduced and moderated by Sultana Tafadar (Barrister at No5 Chambers), Head of Counter-Terrorism & National Security Working Group, Muslim Lawyers Action Group
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