Cameron: Britain to seize passports of youth at risk of travelling to join IS
Oct.19, London: British government is to seize passports from young people at risk of traveling abroad to join groups like Islamic State (IS).
Prime Minister David Cameron is to unveil new plans to combat extremism on Monday, expanding government's power. The measures also include forcing people convicted of extremist offenses to be barred from working with children.
He also said that the growing number of young people who have left home to fight in Syria, and the recent case of a 15-year-old convicted of inciting terrorism abroad. The government has already been able to seize the passports of those under 16, and that will now apply to 16- and 17-year-olds as well.
An extra 5 million pounds will be ploughed into moderate Muslim groups and charities this year, Cameron said.
Muslim organizations rejected Cameron's "One Nation" strategy, warning that it risks alienating Muslims and could be counter-productive.
In a statement, the Muslim Council of Britain's secretary general, Shuja Shafi, said the strategy is based on a "fuzzy" conception of British values. While the council supports efforts to fight terrorism, the government must not suppress freedom of thought or expression.
The Oslo Times