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I am sure that Maryam Namazie will not mind me lifting the following from her website,
Her One Law for All campaign is one that I think Cambridge secularists should be supporting.
Sharia Councils and Muslim Arbitration Tribunals are discriminatory, particularly against women and children, and in violation of universal human rights.
Sharia law is unfair and unjust in civil matters
Proponents argue that the implementation of Sharia is justified when limited to civil matters, such as child custody, divorce and inheritance. In fact, it is civil matters that are one of the main cornerstones of the subjugation of and discrimination against women and children. Under Sharia law a woman’s testimony is worth half that of a man’s; a woman’s marriage contract is between her male guardian and her husband. A man can have four wives and divorce his wife by simple repudiation, whereas a woman must give reasons, some of which are extremely difficult to prove. Child custody reverts to the father at a preset age, even if the father is abusive; women who remarry lose custody of their children; and sons are entitled to inherit twice the share of daughters.
The voluntary nature of Sharia courts is a sham
Proponents argue that those who choose to make use of Sharia courts and tribunals do so voluntarily and that according to the Arbitration Act parties are free to agree upon how their disputes are resolved. In reality, many of those dealt with by Sharia courts are from the most marginalised segments of society with little or no knowledge of their rights under British law. Many, particularly women, are pressured into going to these courts and abiding by their decisions. More importantly, those who fail to make use of Sharia law or seek to opt out will be made to feel guilty and can be treated as apostates and outcasts.
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That we allow Sharia at all in this country is a disgrace. being medieval and misogynistic in outlook make it quite unsuitable for the world in which we now live and it western countries in particular.
Of course, no politician is going to lift a finger to help the women caught up in the system though. There's votes in giving people what they want and not that to which they could be entitled under human rights legislation.
The only way I would countenance such courts is if they were properly registered with the government and had protections in place to give equal rights to women. Making unregistered courts' decisions unenforceable in UK law would help to push the thing forward I think, but it just won't happen when politics is about the politician and not the people.