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Malaysian PM to ‘empower’ sharia courts

Malaysian PM to ‘empower’ sharia courts

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.

Britain has “turned a blind eye” to abuse of women by sharia ‘courts’

Britain has “turned a blind eye” to abuse of women by sharia ‘courts’

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.

India debates replacing religious laws with one secular law for all

India debates replacing religious laws with one secular law for all

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.

Sharia divorce better than murdering unwanted wives, says Indian Muslim Law Board

Sharia divorce better than murdering unwanted wives, says Indian Muslim Law Board

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.

Government sharia investigation ‘more suited to theology debate than protecting women’s rights’

Government sharia investigation ‘more suited to theology debate than protecting women’s rights’

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.

Sharia inquiry launched by Home Affairs Committee

Sharia inquiry launched by Home Affairs Committee

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.

Theresa May launches review of Sharia law in England and Wales

Theresa May launches review of Sharia law in England and Wales

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.

Gender equality bills in Pakistan and Nigeria face religious backlash

Gender equality bills in Pakistan and Nigeria face religious backlash

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.

Arbitration Bill on religious tribunals and sharia ‘courts’ clears House of Lords

Arbitration Bill on religious tribunals and sharia ‘courts’ clears House of Lords

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.

House of Lords debates bill to outlaw gender discrimination in UK sharia ‘courts’

House of Lords debates bill to outlaw gender discrimination in UK sharia ‘courts’

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.

Secular groups write to Nigerian President over blasphemy death sentences

Secular groups write to Nigerian President over blasphemy death sentences

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

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'.

Bills on assisted dying, ‘chancel tax’, Easter trading and sharia tribunals set for Lords debates

Bills on assisted dying, ‘chancel tax’, Easter trading and sharia tribunals set for Lords debates

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.

NSS welcomes pledge to review ‘sharia courts’

NSS welcomes pledge to review ‘sharia courts’

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.

Law firms who offer sharia advice in breach of insurance regulations, says new research

Law firms who offer sharia advice in breach of insurance regulations, says new research

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.

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.

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