Blog Index

 

  • Maryam Namazie talk disrupted by students

    December 1, 2015

    UPDATE 02/12/2015: Goldsmiths ISOC published a statement denying any wrong doing by their members. They claim their members “peacefully expressed their dissent to the disrespectful cartoons” and were in fact subject to “abuse” and “violence” from the Atheist Society. The ISOC once again accused Namazie of being an “Islamophobe” a claimed her presence on campus ...
  • UEL Islamophobia event sees NUS officer share panel with extremists

    November 25, 2015

    Last Monday, the University of East London (UEL) hosted an event entitled ‘After Paris Horror…Don’t let the Racists Divide Us. No to Islamophobia. Defend Civil Liberties’. It is important that universities remain spaces in which students can both raise awareness of anti-Muslim hatred and freely discuss and criticise government policies. Unfortunately, the event was instead used as ...
  • Extreme speakers at genocide event

    November 21, 2015

    An event tonight hosted by the Islamic Society at Kingston University is due to feature Dr Uthman Lateef and Wasim Kempson; speakers that Student Rights has called attention to in the past. Entitled ‘Answer the Call’, and focusing on genocide in the Central African Republic, the event invites show extreme speakers continue to appear on UK ...
  • SPUC speaker to address students at St Andrews

    November 18, 2015

    Tomorrow evening, the University of St Andrew’s Students for Life society will host an event featuring a presentation from John Deighan. Deighan is the Chief Executive of the Scottish branch of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC), and will address students on the possible devolution of abortion legislation powers to Holyrood. While Student Rights ...
  • FOSIS work with MEND on Islamophobia campaign

    November 16, 2015

    Islamophobia Awareness Month (IAM) aims to raise awareness of anti-Muslim hate crime across the UK. Bigotry towards Muslims remains a problem at UK universities, and groups like the Federation of Student Islamic Societies (FOSIS) are right to highlight this serious issue. Student Rights has logged a number of anti-Muslim incidents at universities in the past, including racist ...
  • Ex-student who fought against Islamic State banned from UCL (Update: UCLU reverse decision)

    November 6, 2015

    UPDATE: 16/11/2015: Following a high profile campaign by UCLU Kurdish Society, the Student Union has reversed their decision to ban Macer Gifford from speaking on campus. In a statement released today, UCLU said: “On Friday 13th November, UCL finally received a response from the police, stating that they felt it would be safe and legally acceptable ...
  • Brothers Behind Bars event at SOAS

    November 3, 2015

    An event at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) last night saw speakers defend convicted terrorists including Munir Farooqi and Anis Sardar. Called ‘Brothers Behind Bars’, the event was organised by the SOAS Muslim Students Association and sought to focus on “the Plight of Muslim Prisoners in the ‘War on Terror’”. The panel assembled for ...
  • LSE Student Union excuses commemoration of terrorists

    October 30, 2015

    Yesterday, Student Rights reported on a vigil held by Leeds University Palestine Solidarity Group which had commemorated terrorists responsible for murderous attacks on Israeli civilians. It has since emerged that a similar event also occurred at the London School of Economics (LSE) last week. An exhibition, organised by the LSE Student Union (LSE SU) Palestine Society, featured ...
  • Report: Maryam Namazie Speaks at Warwick University

    October 29, 2015

    On Wednesday evening, Student Rights travelled to Warwick University to hear human rights campaigner Maryam Namazie address students. The event, entitled ‘Apostasy, Blasphemy and Free Expression in the age of ISIS’, discussed how the rise of extreme Islamist movements has suppressed human rights in the Middle East, and also focused on attempts to silence criticism of ...
  • Leeds Palestinian Solidarity Group commemorates terrorists

    October 29, 2015

    Last Thursday, members of the University of Leeds Palestine Solidarity Group (PSG) held a vigil to “commemorate the Palestinians who have been killed in the recent wave of violence”. A banner created by Leeds PSG for the event listed the names of Palestinian “victims” who had been “murdered” since the beginning of October. However, an examination into ...
  • Student Voice: Challenging Hamza Tzortzis at Oxford Brookes

    October 28, 2015

    The argument often used when extreme or intolerant speakers appear on campus is that it exposes their views to challenge from students, but in our experience this doesn’t happen often enough. Here, Harvir Dhillon, the president of Oxford Brookes University Quilliam Society, details his attempts to do so when Hamza Tzortzis appeared on campus. All views ...
  • Petition to ban Germaine Greer highlights lack of debate on campus

    October 26, 2015

    The petition calling for Germaine Greer to be banned from campus at Cardiff University is yet another attempt by some students to bar feminist campaigners they find offensive from speaking. Earlier this month, student unions chose to prevent Julie Bindel from appearing at the University of Manchester and attempted to stop Maryam Namazie from attending an ...
  • SOAS speakers claim undermined by event history

    October 24, 2015

    Last week, following a government press release which ‘named and shamed’ several universities for hosting extreme speakers, one of the institutions identified hit back at these claims. Laura Gibbs, registrar of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), argued in a statement that the college had “not hosted any extremist speakers in the last year, ...
  • Student Rights welcomes Counter-Extremism Strategy

    October 23, 2015

    Earlier this week, the Home Secretary outlined a number of new measures to counter extremism which aim to “systematically confront and challenge extremist ideology”. Student Rights broadly welcomes the new Counter-Extremism Strategy, which identifies extremist activity on UK campuses as a serious problem which must be tackled without damaging freedom of expression. The strategy reaffirms the government’s ...
  • ‘Students not Suspects’ continues to work with CAGE

    October 20, 2015

    Yesterday, the government launched its Counter-Extremism Strategy, which included the expectation that the National Union of Students (NUS) “avoid providing a platform for extremist speakers”. This follows a week in which NUS officers have toured the country spreading misinformation about Prevent, and shared platforms with a CAGE official at a number of events. They have also been ...
  • Hamza Tzortzis at Oxford Brookes University

    October 15, 2015

    Last week Hamza Tzortzis, a senior member of the Islamic Education and Research Academy (IERA), appeared at Oxford Brookes University. Student Rights has been monitoring extreme speakers on UK campuses since 2009 and has logged a significant number of events featuring Tzortzis, who has a history of intolerant statements. On apostasy, he has said: “If someone’s going ...
  • Nietzsche Society poster uses racist imagery

    October 14, 2015

    While students have traditionally been very good at challenging the presence of the far-right on their campuses, Student Rights has continued to document racist or fascist activity. We have reported on attempts at campus infiltration by the neo-Nazi group National Action, and attempts to set up British National Party front groups by party activists. This week, Student ...
  • Controversial anti-gay activist speaks at Dundee University

    October 7, 2015

    Tackling extremism on the UK’s university campuses has featured heavily in the public debate in recent weeks, with guidance provided by the government requiring institutions to: “…ensure they have proper risk assessment processes for speakers and ensure those espousing extremist views do not go unchallenged.” While there has been a focus on Islamist speakers, it is equally ...
  • NUS President denounced for cutting ties with CAGE

    October 7, 2015

    A number of activists within the student movement have signed an open letter denouncing the National Union of Students (NUS) President Megan Dunn for issuing a statement pledging to cut NUS ties with CAGE. Following Dunn’s claim that “working with Cage would not be compatible with the NUS’s policies on ‘anti-racism, anti-fascism and how we define ...
  • Student Voice: Free speech and the alienation of Israeli students

    October 2, 2015

    The limits of freedom of expression on campus, and the difficulty in striking a balance between providing safe spaces and arenas for robust debate, have become increasingly pertinent issues in recent weeks. Here, King’s College London (KCL) student Emma Webb gives her take on how Israeli and Jewish students feel campus activism against Israel has ...
  • Preventing Prevent at SOAS

    October 2, 2015

    CAGE Director of Outreach, Moazzam Begg, whitewashed his history of radicalism during a controversial student event at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) earlier this week. The former Guantanamo Bay detainee claimed that: “before Guantanamo and Bagram I wasn’t politicised”. This is stark contrast to what he told the FBI in 2002, when he ...
  • Maryam Namazie barred from Warwick University (Update: Warwick SU reverse decision)

    September 25, 2015

    UPDATE 28/09/2015: Following widespread coverage of this story the Student Union at the University of Warwick has changed its decision and allowed Namazie to speak. In a statement released over the weekend, the union has said that: “Warwick SU has a process for assessing any potential risks or legal issues associated with any external speaker, and ...
  • University of Westminster diversity report released

    September 21, 2015

    In June, Student Rights spoke to the Sunday Times about a leaked report commissioned by the University of Westminster which had found serious concerns about the university Islamic Society. With the report being released this month, the story has now been covered in the Guardian, focusing on the society’s “ultra-conservative” views, as well as the effect ...
  • Government outlines need to challenge campus extremism

    September 17, 2015

    The government has clarified that the legal duty for public bodies to “have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism” will apply to universities from 21st September. This will put a legal requirement on institutions to have policies in place to challenge on-campus radicalisation, including at extremist events. Guidance provided by ...
  • Moazzam Begg to speak at NUS-organised event tour (Update: NUS statement)

    September 3, 2015

    UPDATE 04/09/2015: An NUS statement released to the Daily Mail has claimed that: “The events are being run as a coalitions with a number of other organisations, we are a large organisation and represent a wide diversity of views, some of our officers with different views have chosen to work with the coalition”. In July, the Prime ...