Zia, Active member of Women’s Action Forum in Pakistan Afsaneh Vahdat, Spokesperson of Children First Now Alber Saber, Egyptian Blogger Albert Beale, Pacifist Journalist Ali A.
Rizvi, Pakistani-Canadian Writer and Physician Ali al Razi, Ex-Muslims Forum Aliaa Magda Elmahdy, Egyptian Blogger Alison Assiter, Professor of Feminist Theory at UWE, Bristol Aliyah Saleem, Secular Education Campaigner Alya Marquardt, British-Iraqi Singer and Composer Amel Grami, Tunisian Professor American Humanist Association Andrew Lowdon, Chair, Nottingham Secular Society Ani Zonneveld, President of Muslims for Progressive Values Anila Atharhasan, Rationalist Society of Pakistan Anissa Helie, Professor Annie Laurie Gaylor, Co-founder and Co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation Ansar Ahmed Ullah, Nirmul Committee Anthony Mc Intyre, Writer Armin Nabavi, Atheist Republic Founder Aso Kamal, Founding Board Member of Kurdistan Secular Centre Ateizm Derneği Atheist Alliance International Babak Yazdi, Spokesperson for Kanoon-e Khavaran, Organisation for Defence of Political Prisoners in Iran Bahram Soroush, Political Analyst Bariş Çetin, Board of Directors’ Member of Ateizm Dernegi Ben Kerr, Chair of Plymouth Humanists Bo Liao, President of LSESU Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Society Bob Charlwood, Committee Member of Brighton Secular Humanists Bread and Roses TV British Muslims for Secular Democracy Centre for Secular Space Chetan Bhatt, Professor of Sociology, LSE Centre for the Study of Human Rights Children First Now Chris Moos, Secularist Researcher and Activist Christine M.
Many abused women from minority backgrounds, for instance, are increasingly forced to either represent themselves in court in what are often complex family legal proceedings or go to ‘Sharia courts’ that operate entirely outside the rule of law.The loss of legal aid contributes to a context that is conducive to the consolidation of privatised and unaccountable forms of justice and ‘Sharia courts’ are amongst the main beneficiaries.Blumner, President & CEO of Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science Rohini Hensman, Writer and Activist Roy Speckhardt, Executive Director of American Humanist Association Roy W Brown, International Representative, International Humanist and Ethical Union Rumana Hashem, Nari Diganta Organiser and Founder of Phulbari Solidarity Group Rumy Hassan, Author Sadaf Ali, Writer and Civil Rights Activist Salim Mansur, Vice President of Muslims Facing Tomorrow Sally Armstrong, Journalist and Human Rights Activist Salma Siddiqui, President of Coalition of Progressive Canadian Muslim Organizations Sanal Edamaruku, President of Rationalist International Sara Mohammad, Chairwomen for Never Forget Pela and Fadime Organisation Sarah Haider, Director of Development of Ex-Muslims of North America Sarah Peace, Founder of Fireproof Library Sawsan Salim, Director of Kurdish and Middle Eastern Women’s Organisation Secular Policy Institute Secularism is a Women’s Issue Selma Dabbagh, Author and Lawyer Shaheen Heshmat, Writer Shahla Daneshfar, Coordinator of Workers’ Solidarity Network of the Middle East and North Africa Sheila Crosby, Author Shelley Segal, Singer and Songwriter Shirkat Gah Soad Baba Aissa, Feminist Sohaila Sharifi, Women’s Rights Campaigner South Asian Sexual Health Southall Black Sisters Stasa Zajovic, Wi B Belgrade Sue Cox, Survivors Voice Europe Sukhwant Dhaliwal, co-editor of Women Against Fundamentalism: Stories of Dissent and Solidarity Sultana Kamal, Women’s Rights Defender Taher Djafarizad, President of Neda Day Association Tahira Abdullah, Human Rights Defender Taslima Nasrin, Author Tehmina Kazi, Director of British Muslims for Secular Democracy Terence Waites, Head of Teesside Humanists Terry Sanderson, President, National Secular Society The Angelou Centre Tolga Inci, President of Ateizm Dernegi Tom Holland, Writer and Historian Valerie Mainstone, Committee Member of Brighton Secular Humanists Wahid Rahman, President of Queen Mary Atheism, Secularism and Humanism Society Waleed Al-Husseini, Palestinian blogger and Founder of the Council of Ex-Muslims of France Women in Black Belgrade Women Living Under Muslim Laws Women’s Action Forum Karachi, Hyderabad, Lahore and Peshawar Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Columnist Yasmin Rehman, Women’s Rights Campaigner Yasmin Weaver, Trustee of Aurat: Supporting Women in the Midlands Zahra Asli, Coordinator of Friends of Women in the Middle East Society See Further News below: : Britain must ban sharia “kangaroo courts”, say activists Arthur Collins, ex-boyfriend of The Only Way Is Essex star Ferne Mc Cann, was charged with that attack.Another man was seen sitting on the pavement as he had his blood pressure taken by the medics.
Terry Hollins, 43, who lives in Burnham Street around the corner from the attack, said: 'I was driving home at the time just after the attack around 7pm.'I've heard the attack happened around the corner in Globe Road and they both drove here and then went into the shop.'There was a car parked across the road and it had a cordon around it.Using equalities and human rights legislation, we have successfully challenged both the Universities UK for issuing guidance that condones gender segregation in universities and the Law Society for endorsing discriminatory ‘Sharia’ codes in the area of inheritance.As well as challenging draconian state measures that criminalise whole communities and aid and abet xenophobia, anti-Muslim bigotry and racism, it is vital that we also push back the Islamist narrative and challenge ‘Sharia courts’ since they clearly represent yet another assault on our civil liberties.Shellska, President of Atheist Alliance International Clara Connolly, Immigration Lawyer Clive Aruede, Organiser of London Black Atheists Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain Darren Johnson AM, Green Party, London Assembly Dashty Jamal, Secretary of International Federation of Iraqi Refugees David Silverman, President of American Atheists Deeyah Khan, Filmmaker and Founder/CEO of Fuuse Dennis Penaluna, Secular Activist and Organiser Derek Lennard, Activist Diana Nammi, Founder and Executive Director, Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation Dilip Simeon, Labour Historian Dominic Wirdnam, Secretary of Bristol Secular Society Elham Manea, Academic and Writer Ensaf Haidar, Campaigner Equal Rights Now – Movement for Women’s Liberation in Iran Faisal Gazi, Writer and Blogger Faisal Saeed Al-Mutar, Iraqi Activist and Founder of the Global Secular Humanist Movement Faizun Zackariya, Citizens Voice for Justice and Peace Fariborz Pooya, Bread and Roses TV Host Farida Shaheed, Executive Director of Shirkat Gah, Women’s Resource Centre in Pakistan Farideh Arman, Women’s Rights Campaigner Fatou Sow, International Director, Women Living Under Muslim Laws Federation of Iranian Refugees UK Fitnah Francis Wheen, Writer George Broadhead, Secretary of the Pink Triangle Trust Gina Khan, Women’s Rights Activist and Researcher Gita Sahgal, Director, Centre for Secular Space Glen Carrigan, Scientist and Founder of AHSUCLan Gona Saed, Founding Board Member of Kurdistan Secular Centre Guy Otten, BHA Trustee and Humanist Celebrant Habiba Jaan, Founder of Aurat- Supporting Women in the Midlands Hamid Taqvaee, Leader of the Worker-communist Party of Iran Haras Rafiq, Managing Director of Quilliam Foundation Harold Kroto, Nobel Prize Winner Harsh Kapoor, Founder and Editor of South Asia Citizens Web Hasan Mahmud, Advisory Board of World Muslim Congress and General Secretary of Muslims Facing Tomorrow Homa Arjomand, Coordinator of the International Campaign Against Sharia Court in Canada and One Secular School for All Ibn Warraq, Writer Ibrahim Abdallah, Muslimish NYC Organizer Inna Shevchenko, FEMEN Leader International Front for Secularism Iram Ramzan, Journalist Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation Ishafak Tely, Technology Engineer James Bloodworth, Journalist and Editor of Left Foot Forward Jane Donnelly, Human Rights Officer of Atheist Ireland Javed Anand, General Secretary of Muslims for Secular Democracy in India Jocelynne A.Scutt, Barrister & Human Rights Lawyer Johnny Monsarrat, Secular Policy Institute Alliance Director Jonnie Dean, Peace Activist and Filmmaker Julie Bindel, Writer Justice for Women Kamran Ahmed Khan, Oncologist Kamyar Dadfar, Secretary of LSESU Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Society Karima Bennoune, Professor of Law, University of California, Davis School of Law Kate Smurthwaite, Comedian and Activist Kazimierz Lyszczynski, Foundation Poland Khushi Kabir, nominated for Nobel Peace Prize in 2005 for her work at Nijera Kori with Bangladesh’s landless Kiran Opal, Pakistani-Canadian Writer and Human Rights Activist Lakshmi Pala, Ateizm Derneği Laura Guidetti, Rivista Marea Lawrence Krauss, Foundation Professor of School of Earth and Space Exploration and Physics Dept., Co-director of Cosmology Initiative and Director of Origins initiative, Arizona State University Leesa Gazi, Cultural worker Lejla Kuric, Writer Lila Ghobady, Filmmaker Lino Veljak, University of Zagreb Lloyd Newson, Artist London Black Atheists Maajid Nawaz, Founding Chairman of Quilliam Foundation Madhu Mehra, Partners for Law in Development Magdulien Abaida, Women’s Rights Activist Maggie Hall, Committee Member of Brighton Secular Humanists Mahin Alipour, Women’s Rights Activist Mariam Faruqi, Rapporteur National Commission on Forced Marriage Mariam Taheri, Human Rights Activist Marieme Helie Lucas, Founder of Secularism is a Women’s Issue and Women Living Under Muslim Laws Maryam Namazie, Spokesperson, One Law for All and Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain Mehran Mahbobi , Children’s Rights Activist Michael Nugent, Chairperson of Atheist Ireland Mina Ahadi, Spokesperson of the International Committee against Stoning and Execution Mohammed Alkhadra, Human Rights Activist and Founder of the Jordanian Atheists Community Group Morgan Elizabeth Romano, Vice President of the Board of Directors & Director of International Relations of Ateizm Dernegi Muhammad Syed, President of Ex-Muslims of North America Muslims for Progressive Values Nadia El Fani, Tunisian Filmmaker Nari Diganta – Women in Movement for Equal Rights, Social Justice and Secularism Natalia Paszkiewicz, Campaigner for Refugee Women and Migrants Rights National Secular Society Nazanin Borumand, Council of Ex-Muslims of Germany Network of Women in Black Serbia Nick Cohen, Journalist Nina Sankari, President of the Europejska Feministyczna Inicjatywa Nira Yuval-Davis, a founder member of Women Against Fundamentalism and the International Research Network on Women in Militarized Conflict Zone One Law for All Ophelia Benson, Columnist of The Freethinker and Free Inquiry Pervez Hoodbhoy, Pakistani Nuclear Physicist and Social Activist Peter Tatchell, Peter Tatchell Foundation Piara Mayenin, Solicitor and Producer of Legal Help with Piya Pragna Patel, Director, Southall Black Sisters Protagora Pushpita Gupta, Women’s Rights Campaigner and Convenor of Secular Bangladesh Movement Rafai Aadam, Leader of the SOAS Ex-Muslim Society & The Student Room Ex-Muslim Society Organiser Rahila Gupta, Writer and Journalist Ramin Forghani, Ex-Muslims of Scotland Founder Reza Moradi, Director of Bread and Roses Ritu Mahendru, Director of South Asian Sexual Health Robert Stovold, Committee Member of Brighton Secular Humanists Robyn E.Those of us in Britain who oppose ‘Sharia courts’ and all other religious forms of arbitration over family matters, are part of the same movement that challenge the religious-Right and defend the principle of one law for all underpinned by the notions of universalism, human rights, secularism and equality.