Dr Waqas Tufail, a Senior Lecturer in Criminology, in the School of Social Sciences, has helped to launch an independent report, “Rethinking Prevent: A Case for an Alternative Approach”, which examines the effect Prevent is having on society. The report makes a number of recommendations for policymakers to consider, with the hope that future decisions related to counter terrorism are grounded first and foremost in respect for human rights and civil liberties.
Commenting on the report, Dr Waqas Tufail, said: “Our independent report has engaged with grassroots perspectives and has highlighted the many harms of Prevent, particularly those impacting on Muslim minorities. Our report adds to a number of established critical accounts of Prevent and we hope it is now the start of genuine public debate that seeks to move beyond this failed and counterproductive policy.”
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Dr Waqas Tufail joined the School of Social, Psychological and Communication Sciences as a Senior Lecturer in Criminology in April 2015. His research interests include policing, anti-Muslim racism and racialization. In this role, Waqas is pursuing research interests concerning the policing of marginalised communities and the criminalisation of Muslim minorities.