Posted: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:40
The Family Division of the High Court has ruled against a man who claimed his marriage could only be dissolved under sharia, and that his wife must travel to Pakistan for a divorce.
Posted: Mon, 30 Jan 2017 11:00
Baroness Cox has launched a fresh attempt to tackle sharia councils operating in the UK and protect women's rights.
Posted: Wed, 30 Nov 2016 12:39
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has announced plans to strengthen the power of Islamic law in the country, in a bid to shore up support from Muslim voters.
Posted: Wed, 23 Nov 2016 09:24
Testimony from Muslim women has been published by the Home Affairs Committee as part of their investigation into sharia, while activists have warned that its approach so far has favoured those who support sharia councils.
Posted: Thu, 27 Oct 2016 16:07
The author Taslima Nasreen, an honorary associate of the National Secular Society, has called on India to embrace a new Uniform Civil Code which would abolish religious personal laws for minority groups.
Posted: Fri, 09 Sep 2016 11:14
A group campaigning for gender equality in India has called on the country's Supreme Court to end Muslim Personal Law to protect women from "fundamentalists" operating sharia courts.
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.