Author: Rupert Sutton

14 Dec 2016

National Action is a neo-Nazi hate group. Will banning it work?

Originally published in Left Foot Forward Dealing effectively with the threat posed by groups that encourage and promote hatred without being seen to suppress freedom of expression is one of the great challenges facing democracies as they attempt to challenge extremists. However, when such groups can be shown to have promoted or glorified terrorism, it is … Continued

17 May 2016

Why the Northern Ireland Terror Threat has been Upgraded to Severe

The Home Secretary’s warning to Parliament on Wednesday that MI5 had decided to elevate the threat level posed by Northern Ireland-related terrorism in Great Britain to ‘substantial’ was a stark reminder of Gerry Adams’s old quip that those men and women willing to kill for a united Ireland did not ‘go away you know’. The … Continued

09 Oct 2015

Universities must ensure extremists are not given free rein

Originally published in the Times Higher Education blog. As students returned to their studies this September, a report commissioned by the University of Westminster following the revelation the Islamic State executioner known as “Jihadi John” was a former student was released – and detailed a damning indictment of the behaviour of the university’s Islamic Society … Continued

30 Jul 2015

‘Preventing Prevent? Challenges to Counter-Radicalisation on Campus’

This is a summary of an event with Dr Usama Hasan, the senior researcher at the Quilliam Foundation, Lloyd Randle, a former Prevent Engagement Officer at Hampshire Constabulary, and Rupert Sutton, Director of Student Rights at The Henry Jackson Society, on 30 July 2015. It reflects the views expressed by the speaker and not those of The Henry … Continued

19 Jul 2015

UK govt asks varsities to openly challenge extremist speakers

Originally published in Times of India In a bid to prevent radicalisation of in UK universities, the government has said the varsities can invite extremist speakers for campus gatherings only if they are to be openly challenged by a counter speaker. As per the new counter terrorism proposals agreed by the government aims to prevent … Continued

17 Jul 2015

Universities will be allowed to host extremist speakers – within limits

Originally published in The Guardian University campus meetings which give a platform to extremist speakers will only be allowed to go ahead if they are to be directly challenged by somebody with opposing views at the same event, under compromise counter-extremism proposals agreed by the government. The new redrawn statutory duty on universities to prevent … Continued

14 Jul 2015

Students oppose counter-radicalism campus strategy on grounds of ‘racism’

Originally published in Breitbart News The battle to tackle radicalism on Britain’s university campuses is being severely hampered by student union leaders and academics, working in conjunction with British Muslim community leaders, a new report has found. Under the guise of protecting freedom of expression, students and academics have continued to oppose the government’s Prevent … Continued

01 Jul 2015

100 extremists a year lecture at universities

Originally published in the Daily Mail Universities are providing a platform for more than 100 Islamist extremists every year, a disturbing report will reveal next week. The fanatics are being allowed to make speeches at leading academic institutions despite ministers calling for a crackdown on radicalism. The study says that more than 20 students who attended … Continued

21 Jun 2015

Islamists ‘harass’ women at Jihadi John university

Originally published in Sunday Times The Islamic Society at the university where Jihadi John was once a student engages in “hostile and intimidatory” treatment of women, an investigation has found. Westminster University — where Mohammed Emwazi, who was unmasked as the Isis killer in February, completed his degree in 2009 — risks becoming an “enclosed … Continued

04 May 2015

Fears raised over Islamic radicalisation at British universities after students vote to back Jihadi John apologists over anti-terror bill

Originally published in The Daily Mail The National Union of Students has been accused of backing ‘terrorist apologists’ after endorsing the controversial Islamist civil rights group who called Jihadi John a ‘beautiful young man’. The NUS has agreed to oppose the Government’s counter-terrorism bill with the help of Cage, the group who supported Mohammed Emwazi … Continued

04 May 2015

Student leaders under fire after endorsing radical Islamic group

Originally published in The Times The National Union of Students has been heavily criticised for endorsing a controversial Islamist civil rights group, prompting fears of a new wave of campus radicalisation. The NUS voted to oppose the counterterrorism bill and agreed to lobby against it alongside Cage, an organisation that represents terror suspects and which has … Continued

06 Mar 2015

Fears of UK campus radicalism rise after “Jihadi John” unmasked

Originally published in the Daily Mail LONDON, March 5 (Reuters) – The identification last week of Islamic State militant “Jihadi John” as Mohammed Emwazi, a graduate of the University of Westminster in London, has intensified concerns about whether young Muslims are being radicalised on British campuses. The university said it was “shocked and sickened” by … Continued

05 Mar 2015

Fears of UK campus radicalism rise after ‘Jihadi John’ unmasked

Originally published by Reuters (Reuters) – The identification last week of Islamic State militant “Jihadi John” as Mohammed Emwazi, a graduate of the University of Westminster in London, has intensified concerns about whether young Muslims are being radicalised on British campuses. The university said it was “shocked and sickened” by news that Emwazi had been … Continued

02 Mar 2015

Extremist speakers: Should they be banned from British universities?

Originally published in The Telegraph Mohammed Emwazi, or ‘Jihadi John’, has reignited debates about radicalisation at Britain’s universities. Radhika Sanghani asks experts whether they need stronger laws to ban ‘hate preachers’ from spreading their views on campus. … Rupert Sutton, founder of Student Rights – a group that fights extremism on campus – agrees with … Continued

27 Feb 2015

‘Jihadi John’: Haines widow wants militant caught alive

Originally posted on BBC News The widow of a man killed by a masked Islamic State militant known as “Jihadi John” says she wants him caught alive. Dragana Haines said the “last thing” she wanted for the man who had killed her husband, British aid worker David Haines, was an “honourable death”. … Student Rights, … Continued

27 Feb 2015

Jihadi John: Student record of Mohammed Emwazi leaked

Originally published in The Telegraph Academic record of Mohammed Emwazi is made public, including the first photograph of the Islamic State executioner as an adult The University of Westminster announced an investigation into how the student records of Emwazi, unmasked as ‘Jihadi John’, came to be passed to Sky News. … The evidence compiled by … Continued

27 Feb 2015

Talk by radical preacher is cancelled

Originally published in The Times The university attended by Mohammed Emwazi was forced yesterday to call off a talk by a radical preacher because of “increased sensitivity and security concerns”. The University of Westminster made the decision amid growing concern about its failure to stem the radicalisation of students. It postponed the appearance of Dr … Continued


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