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House of Lords debates FGM and Sharia Law in the UK

House of Lords debates FGM and Sharia Law in the UK

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."

Law Society did not consult before issuing Sharia guidance

Law Society did not consult before issuing Sharia guidance

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request has revealed that the Law Society did not consult any religious groups or individuals before issuing its now-withdrawn Sharia guidance.

The Law Society withdraws controversial Sharia guidance and apologises

The Law Society withdraws controversial Sharia guidance and apologises

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The sharia succession practice note has been withdrawn by the Law Society, following widespread criticism for gender discrimination.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

“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.

Law Society under growing pressure over sharia wills guidance

Law Society under growing pressure over sharia wills guidance

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.

Solicitors Regulation Authority withdraws endorsement of Law Society’s sharia guidance

Solicitors Regulation Authority withdraws endorsement of Law Society’s sharia guidance

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.

Solicitors Regulation Authority criticised over endorsement of Law Society’s sharia wills guidance

Solicitors Regulation Authority criticised over endorsement of Law Society’s sharia wills guidance

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.

Law Society risks 'undermining' rule of law by promoting sharia, warns Justice Secretary

Law Society risks 'undermining' rule of law by promoting sharia, warns Justice Secretary

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.

Secular lawyers question Law Society about guidance on sharia-compliant wills

Secular lawyers question Law Society about guidance on sharia-compliant wills

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.

Greek Supreme Court places sharia law above civil law

Greek Supreme Court places sharia law above civil law

Posted: Tue, 12 Nov 2013 12:56

The last will and testament of a Muslim man, which was prepared according to Greek civil law, has been annulled in the Greek Supreme Court because it is not compliant with sharia law.

Winner of sharia law student research competition announced

Winner of sharia law student research competition announced

Posted: Mon, 11 Nov 2013 11:06

One Law for All and the Lawyers' Secular Society (LSS) have announced the winner of their student research competition on the subject of sharia law.

Norwegian rape victim jailed in Dubai for having sex outside of marriage

Norwegian rape victim jailed in Dubai for having sex outside of marriage

Posted: Thu, 18 Jul 2013 16:49

A 24 year old Norwegian woman who was raped in Dubai has herself been sent to jail, convicted under sharia law of having sex outside of marriage.

BBC stands by Panorama exposé of Sharia Councils

BBC stands by Panorama exposé of Sharia Councils

Posted: Wed, 08 May 2013 12:46

The BBC has rejected a complaint from the Islamic Sharia Council in Leyton East London after it was featured in the Panorama programme about the treatment of women in sharia arbitration bodies.

Launch of student essay competition! Sharia: what’s going on?

Launch of student essay competition! Sharia: what’s going on?

Posted: Tue, 30 Apr 2013 14:24

One Law for All and the Lawyers' Secular Society (LSS) have announced a student research competition on the subject of sharia law, sponsored by the National Secular Society.

Kuwait introduces death penalty for ‘cursing God and prophets’

Kuwait introduces death penalty for ‘cursing God and prophets’

Posted: Wed, 12 Dec 2012 15:51

Kuwaiti MPs this week approved a law with a death penalty for Muslims who curse God, the Koran, all prophets and the wives of Islam's Prophet Mohammed. Non-Muslims who commit the same offence face a jail term of not less than 10 years, according to the bill.

Peers call for action over 'religious courts'

Peers call for action over 'religious courts'

Posted: Tue, 23 Oct 2012 13:41

Peers in the House of Lords have expressed overwhelming support for a bill to limit the power of self styled 'religious courts'.

NSS speaks out at UN

NSS speaks out at UN

Posted: Wed, 14 Mar 2012 13:46

The Executive Director of the National Secular Society, Keith Porteous Wood, has spoken out at the United Nations Human Rights Council about the need to hold religious minorities to the same standards of human rights observance as everyone else. He has also criticised the increasing acceptance of religious law as a legitimate alternative to democratically agreed legal systems.