UK to Beef Up Controversial Anti-Radicalization Program Despite Criticism

© AFP 2022 / JUSTIN TALLISThe Union flag is seen flapping in the wind in front of one of the faces of the Great Clock atop the landmark Elizabeth Tower that houses Big Ben at the Houses of Parliament where lawmakers are expected to vote in favour of joining air strikes against Islamic State (IS) militants in central London on 26 September, 2014
The Union flag is seen flapping in the wind in front of one of the faces of the Great Clock atop the landmark Elizabeth Tower that houses Big Ben at the Houses of Parliament where lawmakers are expected to vote in favour of joining air strikes against Islamic State (IS) militants in central London on 26 September, 2014 - Sputnik International
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The UK government is to unveil a counter-terrorism strategy by the year-end that includes an anti-radicalization program criticized for its divisive effect on the British community.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Prevent program, a four-year-old scheme aimed at detecting signs of radicalization in people from all walks of life including pre-school children, has drawn criticism from the opposition for targeting Muslims.

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Its secret review, launched earlier this year by then Home Secretary Theresa May, found that the program "should be strengthened, not undermined," The Guardian said on Friday after seeing the internal report.

The ministerial review drew up 12 recommendations on how to improve the anti-radicalization scheme, but the consensus was that it was working and stopping people from becoming radicalized.

This was despite that numerous human rights organizations in the United Kingdom condemned the strategy as unworkable, according to Labour’s shadow home secretary Diane Abbott, who wrote in a blog last month that Prevent demonized whole communities.

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