Part I of the Tackling Extremism in the UK report
see Tackling Extremism in the UK: A mandate for secret criminalisation for part II
In the wake of the killing of Lee Rigby, a soldier in the British army who served in Afghanistan, the UK government established a task force in order to set out proposals for the way they would tackle ‘extremism’ within Muslim communities. As a late addition to this process, the government included references to far-right extremism in light of the murder of Birmingham resident, Mohammed Saleem, and due to a series of attacks against mosques in the West Midlands.
The ideologically driven report by the Government’s Task Force must be questioned in terms of this disingenuous attempt to present what it considers to be issues relating
to ‘extremism’ in the UK. The report provides no evidence base for its assumptions, rather it has based its findings on closed door discussions with undisclosed individuals
or groups, only lending credibility to the view that only those invited to partake in the review, were those who would acquiesce a predetermined ideological view taken by
The following report is an effort by CAGE to highlight the problems with the analysis and suggestions presented by the Task Force. Communities should understand the
difficulties that such a document poses to the legitimate practice of the Islamic faith in the UK, but further should understand the impact that such a strategy can have on
wider civil liberties and freedom of expression and religion in the UK.
(NOTE: CAGE represents cases of individuals based on the remit of our work. Supporting a case does not mean we agree with the views or actions of the individual. Content published on CAGE may not reflect the official position of our organisation.)