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Prime Minister Theresa May reveals plans for new Commission for Countering Extremism….reports Asian Lite News

 by . Prime Minister Theresa May said she will set up a new Commission for Countering Extremism. The Conservative Manifesto contains a proposal to take on the extremists who undermine the strength of British society with a new Commission for Countering Extremism.

“Britain is one of the world’s most successful multi-racial, multi-religious and multi-cultural societies. But our enjoyment of Britain’s diversity must not prevent us from confronting the menace of extremism, even if that is sometimes embarrassing or difficult to do,” May said.

“Extremism, especially Islamist extremism, strips some people of the freedoms they should enjoy, undermines the cohesion of our society, and can fuel violence. And it can be especially bad for women.

“There is clearly a role for government in tackling extremism where it involves behaviour that is or ought to be criminal. But there is also a role for government to help people and build up organisations in society to promote and defend Britain’s pluralistic values, and stand up to the extremists who want to undermine our values and impose their twisted beliefs onto the rest of us.  That is what this plan is all about. Enough is enough.  We need to be stronger and more resolute in standing up to these people.”

The new Commission for Countering Extremism will:

  • Promote pluralistic, British values: Often in the past we have failed to respond to the messages and narratives established by extremists.  So we need to get better at producing counter-narratives.  But even this is not enough: we need to be much more proactive in promoting the pluralistic values that make British society what it is.
  • Support the public sector and civil society: The answer to the challenge of extremism is not just about passing more laws. We need to make sure the public sector and society at large are better at identifying extremism and working to stamp it out, as they have done in the past with racism.
  • Tackle non-ideological extremism too: Tackling extremism means understanding and clamping down on the ideology of many extremists, but many forms of extremism – such as female genital mutilation for example – are the result of unacceptable cultural norms that have no place in Britain.
  • Have a specific focus on non-violent extremism: Non-violent extremism can not only fuel violence and terrorism but undermine the cohesion of our society and deprive people of the rights and expectations they should have as members of modern British society.
  • Advise the government: The Commission will be expected to advise the government on what policies and laws, including new criminal offences and what aggravated offences, might be needed to defeat extremists
  • Stand up for women’s rights: There is a strong correlation between extremism and the poor treatment of women and girls. The Commission will have a specific remit to ensure that women’s rights are upheld in all communities in Britain.
  • Become a statutory body: To make sure the Commission has proper teeth and a clear remit, we will make it a statutory body with a legal responsibility to identify extremism, and support other people and organisations in standing up to it.

 

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