IKWRO and others call for a boycott of the Sharia law inquiry.
We are writing to you because you signed a letter of women’s rights advocates calling on the Home Secretary of the UK, Theresa May (and soon to be PM) regarding the inquiry into sharia law.
We called on the Home Secretary not to have a theological inquiry but an impartial human rights inquiry, to appoint a Judge able to compel evidence to lead it and to stand down Imams who should not be advisers to the Inquiry. We called instead, for women’s rights advocates with knowledge of equality law and gender-based violence and laws and struggles in other countries to support the inquiry.
We have had no response from the government since the letter was published, although the current panel Chair has issued a call for evidence.
Today, an unprecedented number of women’s rights campaigners and organisations from Britain and internationally, including IKWRO, have submitted a letter to the Home Secretary raising serious concerns about the government’s ‘independent review’ into Sharia courts in Britain. The letter states that the limited scope of inquiry and its inappropriate theological approach will do nothing to address the discriminatory effect and intent of the courts on private and family matters: areas where, arguably, the greatest human rights violations of minority women in the UK take place.
We, the Iranian & Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (IKWRO) are heartbroken at the news of the recent death of Rahmat Sulemani, the love of Banaz Mahmod’s life.
On 20th March 2016, Rahmat, who for ten years since the “honour” killing of Banaz in 2006, has been living under witness protection, sent a text to a neighbour telling them that he was going to commit suicide, before hanging himself. He was discovered at his home in a coma and died in hospital five days later.
On behalf of IKWRO and all of the judges we’d like to congratulate every nominee for their vital work to end “honour” based violence and support survivors. Every single one deserves recognition and enormous praise.