A timeline of CAGE’s role in the “Abolish Prevent Movement”

Our awesome features

CAGE publishes its report “Good Muslim Bad Muslim: A response to the revised PREVENT strategy”, warning against the government’s efforts to impose acceptable religious practice and belief to the Muslim community.

Our awesome features

CAGE holds a press conference and launches its report: “The PREVENT strategy: A cradle to grave police-state”, highlighting how Prevent erodes the rights and freedoms of the Muslim community at almost every point of interaction that a Muslim citizen has with the state. It is the first report to detail the all encompassing and insidious nature of Prevent policy. In this report, CAGE warns Prevent would become law.

Our awesome features

CAGE jointly launches the #StopTheBill campaign as a community initiative to stop the Counter Terrorism and Security Act which would turn Prevent into law.

Our awesome features
February 2015

The CTS act is passed, Prevent becomes law. Millions of civil servants are now obliged to act as informants, and receive a secretive 2h-Prevent training.

Our awesome features
March 2015

CAGE launches nationwide tour on CTS Act and Prevent to educate community members on their rights.

Our awesome features
1 July 2015

CAGE publishes leaked secretive PREVENT training DVD in the interest of greater public debate and scrutiny

Our awesome features
6 July 2015

CAGE releases “Failing our communities: A case-study approach to understanding PREVENT”, presenting real life cases of organisations and individuals targeted under PREVENT.

Our awesome features
10 July 2015

CAGE organises a joint statement signed by over 360 academics, activists and scholars explaining why PREVENT will have a chilling effect on open debate, free speech and political dissent. The statement, published in The Independent, is one of the first public calls for the abolition of Prevent.

Our awesome features
20 July 2015

CAGE supports students in drafting NUS resolution to condemn Prevent. PM David Cameron attacks NUS and CAGE in Parliament for their joint-campaign against Prevent.

Our awesome features

CAGE participates in a nationwide tour across British universities to share information on the impact of Prevent in curbing academic freedom, and the chilling effect it will have on free speech. The tabloid press mounts an attack against CAGE’s work to abolish Prevent, which culminates with 28 headlines in 8 different papers over 4 days.

Our awesome features
4 June 2016

Preventing PREVENT national conference, initiated by Students Not Suspects campaign, and a coalition of individuals and organisations, including CAGE

Our awesome features
29 January 2016

CAGE publishes “Consent denied: How PREVENT questions children without parental involvement”

Our awesome features
2 May 2016

CAGE publishes “We are Completely Independent”, a report exposing how the Home Office have disseminated propaganda to the Muslim community, working with top PR agencies and new media companies via seemingly “grassroots” organisations. Following publication of the report, the PR firm Breakthrough Media loses its government contract and rebrands. One of the groups exposed by our study, Inspire, closes down eventually. The head of that group, Sara Khan, is later rehabilitated by the Home Office, and resurfaces as the ‘Commissioner for Countering Extremism’.

Our awesome features
28 September 2016

CAGE publishes “The 'science' of pre-crime: The secret 'radicalisation' study underpinning PREVENT”, a report exposing the weakness of the secret study behind Prevent and revealing for the first time the 22 factors used by Prevent (ERG22+ guidance) to surveil and report Muslims.

Our awesome features
September 2016

The Royal College of Psychiatrists releases a position statement on Prevent, condemns the secrecy shrouding the evidence base for the ERG22+ risk assessment.

Our awesome features
29 September 2016

Over 140 academics sign a joint letter criticising the lack of science ‘science’ behind Prevent, and call for the publication of the classified ERG22+ study, which underpins the entire PREVENT agenda.

Our awesome features
9 August 2017

CAGE publishes “Blacklisted: The secretive Home Office Unit silencing voices of dissent”, a report uncovering the doing of the so-called Extremism Analysis Unit (EAU) and the Research Information and Communications Unit (RICU), two opaque units influenced by far-rights groups, assisting the government in its Prevent strategy, by conducting research, coordinating propaganda, and blacklisting individuals.

Our awesome features
24 September 2018

CAGE publishes “Separating Families - How PREVENT seeks the removal of children”, documenting how family courts in the UK have removed and attempted to remove children’s custody from their parents, using the discredited ERG22+ framework.

Our awesome features
February 2019

Due to the unanimous rejection and opposition to Prevent, the Government announces a review of Prevent, and appoints Lord Carlile QC, a known supporter of Prevent and draconian powers, as an “independent reviewer”.

Our awesome features
December 2019

Lord Carlile QC is stood down by the government as independent reviewer of the Prevent programme following a legal challenge over his appointment.

Our awesome features
January 2020

CAGE releases “Beyond Prevent”, a comprehensive report outlining how to definitively abolish Prevent, and foster a healthy and safe society. - Over 100 leading academics, professionals, political figures and organisers endorse CAGE’s plan

Our awesome features
17 January 2020

Over 100 leading academics, campaigners, professionals and community organisers endorse CAGE's plan and sign our joint statement calling for the abolition of PREVENT, and setting out an eight-step framework for building a healthy, safe society.

Our awesome features
January 2021

The government announces that William Shawcross has been appointed as the new Independent Reviewer of Prevent. Willian Shawcross is known for his links with far-right organisations, such as the Henry Jackson Society, and as an apologist for waterboarding and Guantanamo.

Our awesome features
16 February 2021

17 leading UK human rights and community groups, including CAGE, issue a joint letter condemning the government's appointment of William Shawcross as the independent reviewer of the Prevent strategy, calling it an attempt to "whitewash the strategy".

Our awesome features
15 March 2021

550 Muslim scholars, community leaders, civil society organisations, mosque councils and national and regional bodies, issue a statement condemning PREVENT, and rejecting the appointment of William Shawcross to lead the review of the policy for his “long and proven track record of Islamophobia”.

Our awesome features

CAGE’s casework team has assisted nearly 400 cases of individuals and organisations targeted by Prevent to protect their rights.