‘Prevent targets Muslims’
A young Muslim activist has told of how he was harassed at school by police and teachers implementing the Tories’ Prevent strategy.
Rahman Mohammadi, 17, from Luton said he was interviewed by police twice at his school and once at his home. He was targeted for wearing a badge in support of Palestine and carrying pro-Palestine leaflets.
Rahman said he was singled out because he was Muslim. He told Socialist Worker, “It’s so clear that Prevent is used to target Muslim people. Young Muslims don’t feel confident to express their opinions because they’re scared they’ll be referred to Prevent.” Rahman spoke at a Stop the War meeting against Islamophobia in London.
Former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Moazzam Begg urged people to join the Stand up to Racism marches this Saturday via a video message.
Hearing about anti-war marches in 2003 gave him hope in the US torture camp. He said, “Those people who say, what good can demonstrations do—well it can give people like me hope.”
Bill to ramp up discrimination
The Tories’ Immigration Bill was set to be debated in the House of Lords this week. It would ramp up discrimination if passed.
Landlords would be obliged to check people’s immigration status, and
non-European Union migrants would face more fees for NHS care and other services. This undermines the principle of public service for all and doesn’t address the real strain on public services—cuts and privatisation.
Don’t let them deport Favour
Over 1,000 people have signed a petition against the deportation of Swansea LGBT+ activist Favour Onuzulike.
LGBT+ people can face persecution if not allowed into Britain—but the Home Office often refuses them asylum if they do not provide “proof” of their sexuality.
Valerie, another LGBT+ asylum seeker, said, “The Home Office don’t believe you about anything, not even your name. They have it in their mind that you must be lying if you’re an asylum seeker.”
Denied the right to settle
Migrants from outside the European Union earning less than £35,000 a year will be denied the right to settle permanently from next month under a change in visa rules. They could face deportation after six years.
Some jobs, such as nurses, are temporarily exempt. because it would deepen the NHS staffing crisis.