Press Releases

Press releases and public statements by Scotland Against Criminalising Communities (SACC)

  • 16 May 2017

    Scottish charity Amina MWRC has recently acknowledged that it received Prevent funding in 2015 and has apologised for "any inconvenience and distress this has caused." It still has some way to go before it can be said to have earned the trust that it needs.

  • 07 April 2017

    SACC is appalled by the chemical attack at Khan Sheikhoun on Tuesday and deplores last night's cruise missile strike by the US against a Syrian government airbase at Shayrat. These events risk escalating the Syrian conflict still further, with potentially calamitous consequences for the Syrian people and for regional and world peace.

  • 01 April 2017

    The Scottish Information Commissioner has upheld the Scottish Government's refusal to name charities and NGOs that it is funding under the controversial Prevent strategy. SACC says that secrecy will damage the confidence of Scotland's minority communities

  • 23 March 2017

    Statement on behalf of SACC by Richard Haley (Chair) in response to the murders outside the Westminster Parliament on Wednesday 22 March

  • 11 February 2017

    SACC calls for the rights of EU citizens living in the UK to be protected. We oppose any measures that reduce people’s freedom of movement in the EU or globally.

  • 11 February 2017

    SACC supports efforts in the US and around the world to oppose and resist the racist, reactionary and authoritarian policies taking shape under the Trump administration.

  • 13 December 2016
    Whitehall has for the first time released a confidential Cabinet Office paper outlining the "Contest" counter-terrorism strategy developed in early 2003
  • 16 October 2016
    According to Glasgow City Council, nearly 5000 Glasgow teachers have been given Prevent training this year.
  • 11 October 2016
    Responsibility for the operation of the Government's Prevent policy in Scotland has slipped into a constitutional black hole. SACC will be holding a meeting at Glasgow Science Centre on Saturday to draw attention to the issue.
  • 09 September 2016
    SACC gives a cautious welcome to the Early Day Motion tabled this week by Alistair Carmichael MP calling for Prevent to be scrapped. We remain opposed to any move to replace Prevent with alternative schemes for monitoring and manipulating Muslims.
  • 15 August 2016
    Teachers in Glasgow schools received training last week in the controversial Prevent strategy. SACC is dismayed that this training has been delivered in the face of opposition from human rights organisations and trade unions. Prevent is a snitchers' charter that turns educators into informants.
  • 17 July 2016
    SACC is calling for a moratorium on the Scottish roll-out of controversial counter-terrorism training for teachers following a damning report on the programme by the charity Rights Watch UK.
  • 29 June 2016
    Resistance to state repression and institutional racism is more important than ever in the aftermath of the EU referendum
  • 19 June 2016
    The death of Jo Cox MP was an appalling personal tragedy and our deepest sympathies go out to her family and friends. It is also a political matter.
  • 17 June 2016
    SACC does not support calls for the murder of Jo Cox to be treated as terrorism. We campaign for the terrorism laws to be repealed and for crimes of violence to be prosecuted under the ordinary criminal law. We also campaign for the widest possible political forces to work together in the fight against fascism.
  • 16 June 2016
    SACC statement in solidarity with everyone affected by the mass murder at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. We will resist any attempt to exploit this tragedy to promote violence, repression, surveillance and war
  • 01 June 2016
    Scottish universities implementing Prevent are complicit in a policy that is widely thought to be damaging to democratic society, that may increase the risk of terrorism, and that may violate or stand on the brink of violating fundamental human rights. They must take a stand against Prevent.
  • 03 May 2016
    SACC condemns the continuing airstrikes on Aleppo by Syrian Government and/or Russian forces. The airstrikes are producing a humanitarian catastrophe. They shame all the governments represented in the International Syria Support Group and the UN Security Council.
  • 28 March 2016
    SACC is deeply shocked at the killing of Asad Shah in the Shawlands area of Glasgow on Thursday. We stand in solidarity with the Ahmadiyya community and we call on the communities affected to work to eradicate tensions.
  • 12 March 2016
    The Scottish Government is now proceeding rapidly with the implementation of Prevent. Despite the importance of Prevent and its potential impact on Scottish Society it has not been on the agenda for this weekend’s SNP conference.