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UK prisons are failing to tackle Islamist extremism

The leaked report of a review into the prevalence of extremism in UK prisons reveals that the Ministry of Justice is failing to address the spread of Islamism among convicted criminals. Hate literature that was being “routinely distributed”  in at least ten prisons was “misogynistic and homophobic” in nature, and encouraged “the murder of apostates”. The...

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Ten years after the murder of Banaz Mahmod, we are still failing to protect victims of abuse & ‘honour’ based violence

“People are following me, they are still following me. That’s the main reason that I came to the police station. In the future, at any time, if anything happens to me, it’s them.” These are the words of 19-year old Banaz Mahmod as she describes on police videotape the attempts by...

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Muslims (along with everyone else) have no right to police personal choice

Religion and spirituality – or lack thereof – are deeply personal issues, and the way that followers practice their faith can change drastically over time according to each individual’s journey.  But within many Muslim communities, women are subjected to constant monitoring of their behaviour and are assessed on whether they are ‘Muslim enough’. Despite the irrelevance...

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Creative Writing: Fragments

“What can you remember from that time?” asks Linda, gently. Henna shuts her eyes briefly and involuntarily flinches. Trying to open up that memory box is painful: the process of trying to remember hurts as much as the newly uncovered memories themselves. In that room with the wooden shutters pulled...

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Review: Murdered by my Father (BBC 3)

Warning: this post contains spoilers (although the title gives it away tbh) The recently aired BBC 3 drama Murdered by my Father is an incredibly powerful depiction of the circumstances in which ‘honour’-based violence takes place. Screenwriter Vinay Patel developed the story following detailed consultation with specialist support charity IKWRO (the Iranian and...