‘I am a Muslim, not a terrorist’

The long-awaited report from the UK Government’s Extremism Taskforce was published yesterday. It contains key recommendations regarding online extremism and countering institutions whereby people can become vulnerable to radicalisation. The recommendations include new ASBO-like Terror and Extremist Behaviour Orders: methods that aim to cause shock, rather than help eradicate the real causes of extremism. And with the report referencing previous discredited strategies, it risks further stigmatising Muslim communities.”

Imran Awan, deputy director of the Centre for Applied Criminology at Birmingham City University, and co-author of the study Extremism, Counter-terrorism and Policing, writes at Open Democracy, 5 December 2014