Brides and martyrs: protecting children from violent extremism

Edwards, Susan and Downs, Martin (2015) Brides and martyrs: protecting children from violent extremism. Family Law, 45 (9). pp. 1073-1078. ISSN 0014-7281

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The media has been dominated with news stories about people travelling to Syria to demonstrate their support for ISIS or the Al-Nusra Front. This problem is not entirely novel, as nearly 70 years ago volunteers left Britain and Ireland to fight in the Spanish Civil War. But the relative ease of international travel, the reach of social media, the tactics and targets used by extremists, the ubiquity of terrorism across the Middle East and North Africa and the fact that the UK has already experienced domestic terrorism inspired by international examples had made matters worse. The government believes that the radicalisation of people in the UK presents a potential significant threat to national security and has the capacity to ruin lives. The security agencies are exercised by the possibility of people travelling to Syria and other countries and returning to engage in terrorism. Recent cases before the Family Division have demonstrated that the courts are prepared to act where young people are at risk of radicalisation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: children, schoolgirls, terrorism, grooming, forced marriage
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
K Law > KD England and Wales
Divisions: School of Law
Depositing User: Malcolm Meaden-Pratt
Date Deposited: 20 May 2019 13:01
Last Modified: 20 May 2019 13:08

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