Sharia-Courts

Type: News

Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
News Date: 
02/03/2017
Summary: 
  • Channel 4 documentary is granted access to Birmingham Central Mosque
  • Filmed over a year, provides an eye-opening insight into lives of British Muslims
  • First episode looks at marriage and relationships between Muslims
  • Men and women who have Islamic weddings aren't married in eyes of British law
  • Birmingham Central Mosque's Sharia Court has the only female judge in the UK
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Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
News Date: 
08/02/2008
Summary: 

Sharia law "courts" are already dealing with crime on the streets of London, it has emerged. The revelation came after the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, called for an "accommodation" with parts of the Islamic legal code in a speech which attracted widespread condemnation. The Archbishop said parts of civil law could be dealt with under the sharia system but already some communities have gone much further - and it was revealed today that a teenage stabbing case among the Somali community in Woolwich had been dealt with by a sharia "trial".

Type: Opinion

Summary: 

This week more than 300 women who have faced abuse issued a warning of the growing threat to their rights by Sharia courts and parallel legal systems. Also this week, One Law for All submitted devastating new evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee Inquiry into Sharia Councils on how violence and gender inequality lie at the heart of the courts. By permitting Sharia courts, Britain is clearly failing to meet its obligations to gender equality in the family as specified in the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.

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