Government names lead commissioner for countering extremism
09 February 2018
EXPERIENCED HUMAN rights campaigner and charity leader Sara Khan will be the new lead Commissioner for Countering Extremism.
Ms Khan, who is expected take up her post in the next month, will stay in post for a period of three years. The Commission has a clear remit to support the government, the public sector, and civil and wider society to identify and challenge all forms of extremism. It will:
- Provide the government with impartial, external advice on the tools, policies and approaches needed to tackle extremism;
- Support the public sector, communities and civil society to confront extremism wherever it exists; and
- Promote fundamental, pluralistic British values
Initially, the Commission will widely and openly enter a discussion about extremism and Britain’s values with individuals from all areas of society, independently selecting who it will engage with.
It will also produce a strategic assessment of the threat extremism presents as well as the current response and in this initial phase will also advise on the Commission’s future structures and work programmes.
Home secretary Amber Rudd said: “The Commission for Countering Extremism will form a crucial part of this government’s work to stop the scourge of extremism in all its forms and Sara Khan is expertly qualified to lead its important work.
“She will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Commission which will prove vital as it works to identify and challenge extremism and provide independent advice to the government.
“Last century we challenged racism by uniting civil society and the state. We have the same ambition to confront extremism. This government will not stand by and allow the menace of extremism to undermine the fundamental, pluralistic values which underpin our society.
Sara Khan added: “I am honoured and humbled to have been announced as the Lead Commissioner.
“I recognise the scale of the challenge we face in confronting extremism and I am deeply committed to this role. I will create a Commission that is forthright in challenging extremism in the name of our shared values, fundamental freedoms and human rights.
“To those in our country who recognise the harm and threat extremism continues to pose in our society, I am eager to collaborate and engage; I extend my hand out to you to work with me in supporting the Commission’s work in building a Britain that defends our diverse country while demonstrating zero tolerance to those who promote hate and who seek to divide us.”