Posted: Tue, 05 Jul 2016 14:48
Campaign groups and human rights activists have signed an open letter to Theresa May warning that the Home Secretary's sharia review will "do nothing" to address sharia councils' discrimination against women.
Posted: Wed, 29 Jun 2016 11:12
The Home Affairs Committee has announced the launch of its own inquiry into Sharia councils in the UK, following the start of a Government review back in May.
Posted: Thu, 26 May 2016 11:44
The Government has announced the launch of its long-awaited independent review into Sharia law in England and Wales, to be chaired by Professor Mona Siddiqui.
Posted: Thu, 17 Mar 2016 15:56
Plans to protect women and promote gender equality in Pakistan and Nigeria have generated a huge religious backlash – with Muslim and Christian senators saying the Nigerian law was an attack on religion.
Posted: Wed, 20 Jan 2016 10:56
Legislation to tackle gender inequality and discrimination promoted by religious tribunals like sharia 'courts' has cleared the House of Lords.
Posted: Fri, 23 Oct 2015 15:02
The Arbitration and Mediation Services (Equality) Bill, proposed by Baroness Cox, has passed its second reading in the House of Lords and was met with support from peers across the political spectrum.
Posted: Sun, 02 Aug 2015 07:00
The National Secular Society has joined other secularist organisations in calling for a full pardon and civil protection for nine people recently sentenced to death by a Sharia court in Nigeria.
Government urged to tackle sharia ‘courts’ and religious tribunals by women’s rights and secular campaigners
Posted: Tue, 16 Jun 2015 13:18
Almost 200 signatories, including the National Secular Society and women's rights groups, have called on the Government to tackle the spread of "parallel legal systems" like sharia 'courts'.
Posted: Mon, 01 Jun 2015 13:06
Several bills related to secular causes have been successful in the House of Lords Private Members' Bill ballot, meaning new laws on sharia tribunals, assisted dying, chancel repair liability, and Easter trading will be debated.
Posted: Mon, 23 Mar 2015 13:52
The National Secular Society has welcomed an announcement from Home Secretary Theresa May that a future Conservative government would launch a review into so called 'sharia courts' operating in the UK.
Posted: Wed, 11 Feb 2015 08:36
Research by the Lawyers' Secular Society has exposed serious risks for law firms who offer advice on sharia law.
Posted: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 14:31
On Thursday 11 December, there were debates in the House of Lords on female genital mutilation (FGM) and the "impact of Sharia Law on the United Kingdom."
Posted: Mon, 08 Dec 2014 14:21
A Freedom of Information request has revealed that the Law Society did not consult any religious groups or individuals before issuing its now-withdrawn Sharia guidance.
Posted: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:21
The sharia succession practice note has been withdrawn by the Law Society, following widespread criticism for gender discrimination.
“Learning Jihad”: new report on campus extremism has launch event cancelled by the University of West London
Posted: Tue, 11 Nov 2014 13:30
A new report from Sharia Watch UK has revealed the reach of Islamist speakers and the dangers of censorship on university campuses. The report's launch event has been cancelled by the University of West London.
Posted: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:33
Secularists and human rights campaigners have stepped up their calls for the Law Society to withdraw its controversial practice note on sharia succession rules.
Posted: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:25
The Solicitor's Regulatory Authority has removed a reference to the Law Society's controversial practice note on drafting 'Sharia compliant' wills from its from its ethics guidance on wills.
Posted: Fri, 06 Jun 2014 16:41
The regulatory body for solicitors in England and Wales has been criticised by the Lawyers Secular Society for endorsing the Law Society's controversial guidance on sharia wills.
Posted: Mon, 12 May 2014 12:15
The Law Society has again defended its practice note on "Sharia succession rules" despite a warning from Chris Grayling, the Secretary of State for Justice, that it must not "undermine" British legal principles.
Posted: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:22
Secular lawyers concerned by the publication of a practice note on Sharia succession rules by the Law Society have written to the Society outlining their concerns.