National Union of Students’ campaign has become a ‘vehicle for extremist interests’, report warns
National Union of Students’ (NUS) campaign has become a “vehicle for extremist interests”, a report has warned.
The “Students not Suspects” campaign, which has been part of NUS policy since 2015, encourages universities to rally against the Government’s flagship counter-radicalisation policy Prevent.
But according to the Henry Jackson Society, a counter-extremism think tank, the campaign has led to the NUS partnering with a number of questionable organisations.
“Under the pretence of wanting to abolish Prevent, leading ‘Students Not Suspects’ activists have hosted extremist speakers at a series of unbalanced events,” the report said.
“Many of them belong to organisations that have Islamist links and troubling histories of intolerance and sympathy for terrorism.”