March 02, 2020Prevent Marginalised and vulnerable groups
On 25 February 2020, the UK Government confirmed that it will appoint the Independent Reviewer of Prevent through “full and open competition,” meaning “the Home Secretary will be advised on the appointment by an independent panel . . . open to potential candidates to apply for the role.”
Yasmine Ahmed, Executive Director of Rights Watch (UK), said, “This is another victory for Rights Watch (UK) and all those advocating for a genuinely independent review of Prevent. We have always said that the first step to an effective and independent Review is a transparent and open appointment process. The failure to heed this advice led to the disastrous appointment of Lord Carlile in 2019. While we are delighted with this development, we are frustrated that it took Rights Watch (UK) threatening legal action for the Government to confirm that this Process would be followed.”
Our press release is below, and coverage of the government’s announcement is here.
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