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    Proposed Dutch Bill on Islam

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    Greetings to all who shall see or hear these present! Be it known: Thus We consider that it is desirable to designate Islam for what it really is and to, therefore, establish a ban on certain Islamic manifestations in the public space. We, therefore, having heard the Advisory Division of the Council of State of the Kingdom, and in consultation with the States General, have approved and decreed as We hereby approve and decree:

    Section 1 Islam is not a religion or a philosophy of life but a violent, totalitarian ideology.

    Section 2 1. The following Islamic manifestations are banned:

    a. mosques

    b. schools

    c. the Koran

    d. wearing a burka or a niqab

    2. The term used under subsection l.a should also be taken to mean every space used as an Islamic house of worship or prayer room unless it takes place in a domestic setting.

    3. All educational institutions referred to under subsection 1 .b that teach Islamic ideology are banned.

    4. The printing, distributiori or sales of the Koran referred to in subsection 2.c is banned.

    5. Wearing a burka or a niqab referred to in subsection 1.d .is banned unless it takes place in a domestic setting.

  • In January 2010 the assembly of the Council of Europe passed Resolution 1704 (2010) Final version which includes this provision:

    18.5. allow the Muslim minority to choose freely its muftis as mere religious leaders (that is, without judicial powers), through election or appointment, and thus to abolish the application of Sharia law – which raises serious questions of compatibility with the European Convention on Human Rights – as recommended by the Commissioner for Human Rights;

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    3. The Assembly also recalls that it has on several occasions underlined its support for the principle of the separation of State and religion as one of the pillars of a democratic society, for instance in its  on State, religion, secularity and human rights. This principle should continue to be respected.

    4. The Assembly considers that the various Islamic declarations on human rights, adopted since the 1980s, while being more religious than legal, fail to reconcile Islam with universal human rights, especially insofar as Sharia is their unique source of reference. This includes the 1990 Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam, which, while not legally binding, has symbolic value and political significance in terms of human rights policy under Islam. It is therefore of great concern that three Council of Europe member States – Albania, Azerbaijan and Turkey (for the latter, with the limitation: “so far as it is compatible with its laws and its commitments under international conventions”) – have endorsed, explicitly or implicitly, the 1990 Cairo Declaration, as have Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Morocco and Palestine, whose parliaments enjoy partner for democracy status with the Assembly.

    5. The Assembly is also greatly concerned about the fact that Sharia law – including provisions which are in clear contradiction with the Convention – is applied, either officially or unofficially, in several Council of Europe member States, or parts thereof.

    6. The Assembly recalls that the European Court of Human Rights has already stated in Refah Partisi (The Welfare Party) and others v. Turkey that the institution of Sharia law and a theocratic regime are incompatible with the requirements of a democratic society. The Assembly fully agrees that Sharia rules on, for example, divorce and inheritance proceedings are clearly incompatible with the Convention, in particular its Article 14, which prohibits discrimination on grounds such as sex or religion, and Article 5 of Protocol No. 7 to the Convention (ETS No. 117), which establishes equality between marital partners. Sharia law is also in contradiction with other provisions of the Convention and its additional protocols, including Article 2 (right to life), Article 3 (prohibition of torture or inhuman or degrading treatment), Article 6 (right to a fair trial), Article 8 (right to respect for private and family life), Article 9 (freedom of thought, conscience and religion), Article 10 (freedom of expression), Article 12 (right to marry), Article 1 of the Protocol to the Convention (ETS No. 9) (protection of property) and Protocols Nos. 6 (ETS No. 114) and 13 (ETS No. 187) abolishing the death penalty.

    7. In this context, the Assembly regrets that despite the recommendation it made in its  on freedom of religion and other human rights for non-Muslim minorities in Turkey and for the Muslim minority in Thrace (eastern Greece), asking the Greek authorities to abolish the application of Sharia law in Thrace, this is still not the case. Muftis continue to act in a judicial capacity without proper procedural safeguards. The Assembly denounces in particular the fact that in divorce and inheritance proceedings – two key areas over which muftis have jurisdiction – women are at a distinct disadvantage.

    8. The Assembly is also concerned about the “judicial” activities of “Sharia councils” in the United Kingdom. Although they are not considered part of the British legal system, Sharia councils attempt to provide a form of alternative dispute resolution, whereby members of the Muslim community, sometimes voluntarily, often under considerable social pressure, accept their religious jurisdiction mainly in marital issues and Islamic divorce proceedings but also in matters relating to inheritance and Islamic commercial contracts. The Assembly is concerned that the rulings of the Sharia councils clearly discriminate against women in divorce and inheritance cases. The Assembly is aware that informal Islamic courts may also exist in other Council of Europe member States.

    9. The Assembly calls on the member States of the Council of Europe to protect human rights regardless of religious or cultural practices or traditions on the principle that, where human rights are concerned, there is no room for religious or cultural exceptions.

    10. The Assembly notes with approval the 2008 judgment of the United Kingdom’s House of Lords addressing these principles.

     

    18.5. allow the Muslim minority to choose freely its muftis as mere religious leaders (that is, without judicial powers), through election or appointment, and thus to abolish the application of Sharia law – which raises serious questions of compatibility with the European Convention on Human Rights – as recommended by the Commissioner for Human Rights;

    A copy of this resolution can be download here: 

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    Czech Republic (the)
    News Date: 
    12/12/2018
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    Political leaders in Czech Republic have previously  in strong terms.

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    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    28/02/2018
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    There is no place for Sharia Courts in the UK and Muslim women should be given the same protection as any other women, an MP has warned. Shipley MP Philip Davies urged Prime Minister Theresa May to act to stop the parallel Muslim legal system in the UK and protect vulnerable women. He said: “Last year I attended a meeting in the House of Lords organised by the wonderful crossbench Peer and Human Rights campaigner Baroness Cox, at which three very brave women told us harrowing tales of how they have been treated and discriminated against by Sharia councils.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    06/02/2018
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    As black and minority women and human rights campaigners, we voice our dismay at the outcome of the  commissioned by the government in 2016.

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    United Kingdom (UK)
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    02/02/2018
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    IT is absolutely right that Home Secretary Amber Rudd has rejected moves to legitimise sharia courts in Britain. In fact, it is deeply worrying that an independent review peopled by noted academics should have urged her to do so in the first place. We already have a legal system that has not only been built up over many hundreds of years but which is emulated by a third of all countries in the world. 

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    Australia
    News Date: 
    19/02/2017
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    I AM accustomed to being hectored by Islamists, frightbats, anti-vaccination fruitcakes and an assortment of social justice warriors — aka government-funded Twitter trolls. But last week, I had the surreal experience of being scolded by an ABC host for not being sufficiently supportive of an Islamic activist advocating for sharia law. ABC radio drive host Rafael Epstein had the gall to admonish me, a migrant who escaped a country under Islamic law, for not supporting an advocate of Islamic law. It’s akin to a freed slave being criticised for a fear of slavery and reluctance t

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    • "Let us look... at the parallel legal system that is gradually creeping into the EU....The emergence of these enclaves, reinforced by elite policies of multiculturalism, group identity politics, and the deconstruction of Western heritage, has contributed to the fracturing of Western European nations and has weakened the overall sense of mutual responsibility for one's fellow citizens." — Andrew Michta, The American Interest, June 6, 2017

    • The roots of the radical Muslim behavior that is now sweeping Europe can be traced to elements of Islamic law and doctrine created in the 7th century that are being maintained today. These include polygamy for men; allowing men to buy and sell women as sex slaves or concubines; divorce rights [for men that] discriminate against women; insistence on a dress code for women that includes hiding their faces; and discriminatory inheritance laws.

    • These are the types of laws that Muslim communities in Europe are pushing for and adhering to, and they are based on inequality of gender, religion, ethnicity and social status. In sharia law, there is no freedom of religion, speech, thought, artistic expression or the press...There is no united protection for all people. Justice is different for Muslims and non-Muslims, for men and women... There is no democracy... Jews and Christians are dhimmi, third-class citizens...

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    14/10/2017
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    Faith school must conform - Daily Express Op-Ed 14/10/2017

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    26/07/2017
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    • Seyran Ates, female Imam, opened a liberal mosque for all Muslims in 
    • Mosque in Berlin is for women, men, Sunni, Shiite, straight and gay Muslims - the only rule is that the burka or niqab is banned
    • Ms Ates, 54, is in London to find a venue to open 'all welcome' mosque in the UK
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    “We respect religious groups to carry out slaughter in the UK according to how they define and read their scriptures. What we do not allow however is for the rights and demands of groups within those religions override the UK’s compassionate traditions of animal welfare.

    “There are a significant number of UK consumers that would prefer not to eat meat killed by religious slaughter. So, UKIP will also write into law that all animal meat produce will have mandatory labelling – providing clearly both the method of production and slaughter – giving people greater transparency and choice.

    “UKIP’s forthcoming manifesto on animal welfare will be the strongest of any major political party in the UK.”

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    Finally, Paul Nuttall has had the courage to stand by his convictions and say that UKIP will ban the full face veil and Sharia law courts in the UK! Now he needs to stick to his guns and I believe he has a policy that the majority of British people support! I spoke to Anne Marie Waters, director of Sharia Watch UK, to find out if she thinks Sharia law will ever be banned in the UK.

    The Islamic full face veil is oppressive to women and has no place in a civilised country, just ask women like Maryam Namazie and Ayaan Hirsi Ali! I was joined by Dr Taj Hargey, imam and director of the Muslim Education Centre in Oxford, who told me why making women dress like ninjas! Taj also said that if any parents are complicit in the FGM of their child, they must face prison!

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  • Country: 
    United States of America (the)
    News Date: 
    16/08/2016
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    The Huffington Post reports on Donald Trump’s Monday foreign policy speech, trying to undermine his announcement of an for immigrants that would filter out supporters of Sharia Law. Instead of calling the proposal racist or bigoted, HuffPo authors Christina Wilkie and Elise Foley can only argue it would be difficult to execute.

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    Can a healthy, harmonious multicultural society tolerate private legal systems? Not if that means the subjugation of women in abusive and indeed dangerous marriages, a form of imprisonment in all but name sanctioned by their local religious leaders. As this newspaper reports again, the reality of sharia in some communities means precisely that. Sharia “judges” refuse to take the rights and complaints of women seriously, and, in some examples cited by researchers, fail to recognise the validity of a ruling of divorce made in a British court. Hence the subsequent oppression, which has too often shaded into violence and domestic slavery. Campaigners are calling on David Cameron to ban the use of religious arbitration in family matters.

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    India
    News Date: 
    20/10/2016
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    A women’s group is calling for Sharia courts to be banned in to stop inequality and violations of human rights. The Muslim Women’s Quest for Equality (MWQE) has filed an affidavit arguing the , which govern marriage, divorce and family cases for India’s 150 million Muslims, should not be allowed to function as a parallel ju

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