Category Archives: Sharia in the UK

Women’s rights groups urge government to hold inquiry into Sharia ‘courts’ and the lack of access to justice

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On Thursday 10 December 2015, Southall Black Sisters (SBS), One Law for All, Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (IKWRO), Centre for Secular Space and British Muslims for Secular Democracy will attend 10 Downing Street to hand deliver a letter signed by nearly 400 individuals and organisations urging David Cameron to hold an inquiry into the discriminatory nature of Sharia ‘courts’ and other religious arbitration forums.

IKWRO meet with the Law Society on Sharia

IKWRO join other human rights activists at the protest

On Tuesday 13th January 2015, women’s rights groups, including Southall Black Sisters, One Law for All, Nari Diganta and the Iranian & Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (IKWRO), met with Mark Stobbs, the Law Society’s Director of Legal Policy at the SBS office. Our organisations welcomed the Law Society’s decision to withdraw its guidance on ‘Sharia’ compliant wills that endorsed discrimination against women and children. We also thanked the Law Society for making a public apology. The Law Society showed that it had listened to the voices of BME women’s rights campaigners and other secular organisations that had been alarmed by the original decision.

Law Society withdraws ‘sharia’ practice note

Sara Browne and Diana Nammi with Maryam Namazie of One Law for All

Law Society responds to women’s rights activists with apology and withdrawal of its endorsement of discriminatory Sharia law

 Diana Nammi, Executive Director of the Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (IKWRO) is available for interview.

 On 24 November 2014, the eve of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, following a long campaign by women’s rights activists, the Law Society, the professional body for solicitors in England and Wales, announced that it has withdrawn its guidance on Sharia succession rules which discriminate against women and some children and has appologised.

Law Society failure to withdraw Sharia-compliant Practice Note gross derogation of duty

Law Society building

Law Society

IKWRO are signatories to the following open letter:

We write this open letter as a concerned group of organisations and individuals working on issues of gender equality and human rights in the UK and elsewhere.

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