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A report by Arun Kundnani and Ben Hayes “brings much needed attention to the global deployment of increasingly standardized policies countering violent extremism”.
The UN special rapporteur on racism, Professor Tendayi Achiume, has criticised the Prevent duty for fuelling distrust among ethnic minority communities and for impacting racial equality in the UK. Her comments came as she observed that Brexit has contributed to an environment of increased “explicit racial, ethnic and religious intolerance” in the UK.
Mark Rowley, Britain’s top counter-terrorism officer, has criticised technology and social media firms for their lack of commitment in countering the online terrorist threat. Isis’ recent emphasis on supporters carrying out ‘lone wolf attacks’ has made the phenomenon an increasing reality, and some Islamic communities are taking theological steps to counter this threat.
17 year-old Lloyd Gunton was reportedly radicalised online, where he viewed Isis propaganda and accessed guides on carrying out terrorist attacks. Security services and ministers have issued warnings about “remote radicalisation”, which is thought to be becoming more common with the decline of Isis.