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UK: 7 November Public Seminar on "Sharia Law, Legal Pluralism and Access to Justice"

Tuesday 1 November 2016, by siawi3

Source: One Law For All, 31.10.2016

Invitation

You are invited to a public seminar on "Sharia Law, Legal Pluralism and Access to Justice" on 7th November 2016, 7-9pm at Committee Room 12 at the Houses of Parliament.

The event is hosted by several organisations and activists to express their concerns about the increasing state recognition and promotion of religious-based arbitration and mediation forums such as Sharia councils in the UK. These councils operate as parallel legal systems in which women are treated unfairly, including when seeking divorce or custody over children. The seminar will examine the range of injustices faced by women who engage with all forms of religious arbitration forums and sets out the reasons behind a growing campaign to end state legitimisation of legal pluralism in the UK. To register for the event, go to: http://tinyurl.com/hqwv3qk.

Video Footage of Never Before Seen Testimonies

The upcoming public seminar follows two public meetings in London and Manchester organised by Southall Black Sisters for BME women’s groups. You can see video footage of the events, including never before seen testimonies from women whose rights have been violated by religious arbitration: http://tinyurl.com/zk5q697. SBS plans more such events across the country.

If you haven’t seen written testimonies we’ve gathered with our partners, see here: http://tinyurl.com/gqk83ms.

Evidence submitted to the Home Affairs Committee by One Law for All and coalition partners, including Southall Black Sisters, IKWRO, Centre for Secular Space and British Muslims for Secular Democracy can also be seen here: http://tinyurl.com/z3oaxem.

Maryam Namazie will be giving evidence to the Home Affairs Committee on 1 November: http://tinyurl.com/zngssqg, though our coalition is still boycotting Theresa May’s inquiry into Sharia which we have deemed a whitewash.