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Muslim Council of Britain: ‘One Nation Counter-Extremism Strategy’ Risks Further Undermining Fight Against Terrorism

The Muslim Council of Britain has issued a press release in response to the Government’s announcement of the ‘One Nation Counter-Extremism Strategy’.

  • Government strategy based on flawed analysis says Britain’s largest Muslim organisation
  • Could be counter-productive and risks alienating Muslim communities
  • Calls for transparency as public funds go to questionable counter-extremism initiatives
  • Conference next month to examine community led responses to challenge of terrorism

Following the government’s announcement of a new ‘Counter-Extremism Strategy’, the latest government initiative to tackle radicalisation, the Muslim Council of Britain’s Secretary General, Dr Shuja Shafi, issued the following statement:

“British Muslims have stood up and been counted in their opposition to terrorism. That is why we welcome effective and evidence-based initiatives to counter terrorism.

The threat of terrorism is real and serious. Facing this challenge requires engagement with all sections of society particularly the diversity of British Muslim communities in an open and frank dialogue.

Yet, today’s ‘one nation’ counter-extremism strategy continues down a flawed path, focusing on Muslims in particular, and are based on fuzzy conceptions of British values.  It risks being counter-productive by alienating the very people needed to confront Al-Qaeda or Daesh-related terrorism: British Muslim communities.

Read the full statement on the MCB’s website.