27 October 2018, 14:00 - 15:00
The view that non-violent extremism is a national security concern has emerged in UK Government thinking and planning. Yet, when pressed in a radio interview in 2016 on what constitutes non-violent extremism, the then UK Home Secretary Theresa May was unable to define the point at which a person’s actions, provided they are non-violent, might move from the permissible (assuming there is a permissible form of non-violent extremism) to the legally non-permissible. This lack of clarity led the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights to conclude that the Government is unable to provide a coherent or sufficiently precise definition of non-violent extremism from which to determine what behaviour is and is not lawful.
In a thought provoking and accessible way, Ryan Hill, of Anglia Ruskin University, discusses the Government’s use of the term non-violent extremism. He reveals not only problems with defining the term non-violent extremism but also problems the notion faces with regard to existing human rights law relating to non-discrimination and freedom of religion.
This event is part of Cambridge Festival of Ideas.