Covid 19 crisis, conspiracy theories and fake news
Conspiracy theorists and those spreading fake news have seen the Covid-19 crisis as the perfect opportunity to spread fear and disinformation. The Institute for Strategic Dialogue has published a series of reports and articles about extremist responses to Covid-19.
Banning two extreme right wing organisations February 2020
The Home Secretary has laid orders in Parliament to make membership of 2 right-wing terrorist groups illegal in the UK. The orders will proscribe Sonnenkrieg Division (SKD) and will recognise System Resistance Network as an alias of the already proscribed group National Action. Proscription renders membership of a group illegal in the UK. Anyone found to be a member of or offering support to the groups could now face up to ten years behind bars. This decision follows a meeting of the Proscription Review Group, which brings together representatives from the police and other partners to assess the risk posed by groups who may be considered for proscription. Banning them will give the authorities greater power to investigate individual members and tackle any future iteration of the organisations that are yet to appear.
Response to the new coverage of the “Signs and Symbols” document produced by South East Counter terrorism Unit
“Keeping the country safe from terrorism is a huge collective effort, only possible with incredible support from the public. It is a task that requires 100% of our focus, every minute of every day.
That means that our focus is absolutely not on lawful protest or legitimate causes taken up by activists across the country.
So why are Extinction Rebellion (XR) and other legitimate protest groups even mentioned in Counter Terrorism Policing (CTP) documents in the first place? Does this mean that we consider those groups, and the people who support them, to be extremists who pose a threat to national security?
The simple answer is, no. We don’t consider those groups to be extremist, we do not consider them to be a threat to national security. Nor do we consider membership or affiliation to XR or other environmental groups to be reason for a Prevent referral.”
Dean Haydon: Senior National Coordinator for Counter Terrorism Policing
Home Office release of Channel data
The Channel data for 2018-19 has now been published. In the year ending 31 March 2019, a total of 5,738 individuals were referred to Prevent. This is the lowest referrals within a year since comparable data is available. Of the 561 Channel cases, the most common were cases referred because of concerns about right-wing radicalisation (254; 45%), followed by Islamist radicalisation (210; 37%). As in previous years, most individuals referred were male (4,991; 87%), and the majority of referrals were for people aged 20 years or under (3,343; 58%). The number of individuals discussed at a Channel panel (1,320) and adopted as a Channel case (561) were the highest recorded compared with previous years.
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Dangers of British revival: an extremist group
Although the group is not proscribed, the Home Office says it promotes “damaging and extreme views”.
“The Government’s Commission for Countering Extremism has said the links between the environmental and far right groups were “cause for significant concern.”
Sara Khan, who leads the Commission for Countering Extremism, said: “This is a frightening example of hateful extremism. Far right and neo-fascist groups often present a positive face, appearing to address genuine concerns – from immigration to social change – but closer examination shows this is often cover to push and normalise hatred in the mainstream.
“When a group like British Revival turns out to be founded by a former leader of Generation Identity it is cause for significant concern.””
Extremism Commission publications, July 2019
Call For Evidence Summary: Responses to a call for evidence, July 2019
- The Commission’s Expert Group: Find the full members list and biographies of the Expert Group below as of 31 October 2018.
- Commission for Countering Extremism – Research at Commission for Countering Extremism: The Commission’s work is based on engagement, evidence and impartiality.
- Overview of the far-right Research by Dr Benjamin Lee, Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST), Lancaster University.
- Modernising and mainstreaming: the contemporary British far-rightResearch by Dr Joe Mulhall, Senior Researcher, HOPE not hate.
- Talking our way out of conflict Critical reflections on ‘mediated dialogue’ as a tool for secondary level Countering Violent Extremism (CVE).
- Violent extremist tactics and the ideology of the sectarian far leftResearch by Daniel Allington, King’s College London, Siobhan McAndrew, University of Bristol and David Hirsh, University of London.
- National Action: links between the far right, extremism and terrorismResearch by Dr Chris Allen, The Centre for Hate Studies, Department of Criminology, University of Leicester
New Ofsted framework and handbook for September 2019
Prevent and Counter-extremism in GFE colleges: DfE report on Prevent in FE Colleges published December 2018
Channel data for 2018-19
The Channel data for 2018-19 has now been published. This shows the number of referrals, the types of extremism and the demographic profile of those referred.
This has reemphasised the government’s commitment to the Prevent duty with its focus on safeguarding and supporting those vulnerable to radicalisation, to stop then from becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism (para 16 Home Office Counter-terrorism Strategy)
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Four far-right plots thwarted last year, says counter-terrorism chief: Mark Rowley warns that threat from extreme rightwing groups is ‘significant and concerning’
Mark Rowley said: “and at the same time we saw an unprecedented number of plots prevented. 10 conspiracies of an Islamistnature were stopped since the Westminster attack. And I can tell you today that over that same period police have been able to prevent a further four extreme right wing inspired plots in the UK. It is important we make these figures public in order to illustrate the growth of right wing terrorism. For the first time we have a home-grown proscribed white-supremacist neo-Nazi terror group, which seeks to plan attacks and build international networks.”
UK Government list of proscribed organisations
Scottish Dawn and Scottish Dawn and NS131 (National Socialist Anti-Capitalist Action) as aliases of National Action which was proscribed in December 2016 have been added to the list of proscribed organisations in the UK. For the full up to date list click here