Three of the UK's most recent terror attacks were conducted by people who were on “deradicalization” programs.
Deradicalization is a controversial counter-terror measure where terrorists, or those believed to be at risk of radicalization, get counselling to change or reject their extremist views.
“Hard” approaches focus on squashing extremist ideas, while “soft” approaches rely on community and grassroots methods to turn people away from extremist behaviour towards a meaningful civilian life.
Experts say “hard” deradicalization schemes do not work as well as “soft” tactics, and some critics say governments like the UK unfairly targets Islamic communities.
Countries like Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, and Denmark have touted success with the “soft” approach.
Here's why deradicalization can work as a counter-terror measure if it's done in the right way.
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The London Bridge terror attack has raised fresh questions over the controversial practice of government agencies trying to deradicalize terrorists.
Deradicalization programs are used by authorities the world over. In Germany there's Exit for neo-Nazis, or Hayat for Islamic extremists, and in Minnesota there's the Terrorism Disengagement and Deradicalization Program.See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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