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United Kingdom extremist groups funded from overseas

United Kingdom extremist groups funded from overseas”

A July report by the Henry Jackson Society, a British foreign affairs think tank, stated foreign funding for Islamist extremism in the United Kingdom came from "governments and government linked foundations based in the Gulf, as well as Iran", and described Saudi Arabia as a "foremost" source.

Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary, said reasons of national security and the amount of personal data included meant it could not be published.

"In some cases these organisations receive hundreds of thousands of pounds a year", she added.

"For a small number of organisations with which there are extremism concerns, overseas funding is a significant source of income", the report had found, according to the statement.

She said that money from overseas also had paid for Britons to study "deeply conservative forms of Islam" and funded preachers who had come to this country to spread a similar message.

The report was commissioned in November 2015 by the then prime minister David Cameron. "We will be inviting privy counsellors from the opposition parties to the Home Office to have access to the classified report on privy council terms", she added.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd told MPs that the report - which was commissioned amid claims that money from Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states was promoting the spread of Islamist ideology - had found that organisations of "extremism concern" had received "significant" sums from overseas.

"The government of Saudi Arabia has studied the report with great concern, and we demand Henry Jackson Society to provide us with the verified evidence that leads to their conclusions. The only way to allay those suspicions is to publish the report in full".

Caroline Lucas, Green Party MP, lambasted the the decision to keep the full findings of the report secret from the public, according to The Guardian.

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron called the decision not to publish "utterly shameful", adding that "sunlight is the best disinfectant".

"This report clearly has found some of that out and we're bound to start suspecting all the more now that the sources of funding must be from the likes of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, otherwise the government wouldn't be so embarrassed that they won't tell us the truth".

"Contrary to suggestions by some media outlets, diplomatic relations played absolutely no part in the decision not to publish the full report".

The findings that have been released show organisations are receiving hundreds of thousands of pounds a year from public donations. "Those giving may not know or support the organisations' full agenda".

Extremists are also posing as charities to solicit donations from unwitting British Muslims who give because of the emphasis their faith puts on charity.

"The Government accept that foreign funding is a significant source of income for some extremist groups here in Britain - but they won't say in public where that money is coming from".

The UK government has suppressed a long-awaited and much-delayed report into the funding of Islamic extremist activity in the UK due to "national security reasons".

She said no single measure will tackle all the issues raised in the review and a comprehensive approach focused particularly on domestic sources of support for all forms of extremism is needed.



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