20 June 2010 – London – Rally against Sharia and Religious Laws

On Sunday 20 June 2010 Stand up and be Counted!

Join us for a Rally organised by One Law for All against Sharia and religious laws
and for secularism and universal rights

Where: Richmond Terrace junction with Whitehall opposite Downing Street (SW1A 2).
(Please note venue change from Trafalgar Square made by police; closest underground: Westminster.)
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When: Sunday 20 June 14:00-16:00 hours

Then join us for a March organised by Iran Solidarity to show solidarity with people in Iran who are at the forefront of battling Sharia law and political Islam

Where: From Downing Street to the embassy of the Islamic regime of Iran (16 Prince’s Gate, London SW7 1PT; closest underground: Knightsbridge).

When: 16:00-17:00 hours

The event will end at 17:30 .

Hundreds will be demonstrating in London against Sharia and religious laws and in support of secularism and universal rights on Sunday 20 June 2010. The rally organised by the One Law for All Campaign will be held from 1400-1600 hours at Richmond Terrace junction with Whitehall opposite Downing Street (SW1A 2). (Please note venue change from Trafalgar Square made by police; closest underground: Westminster.)

On the day, the Campaign will make public its new report entitled: Sharia Law in Britain: A Threat to One Law for All and Equal Rights. In the report One Law for All outlines what Sharia law is, how it is practised in Britain and exposes the way in which Sharia Councils and Muslim Arbitration Tribunals are circumventing British law and human rights legislation. The report also reveals the gross injustices to women and children in particular and reiterates the need to end Sharia and all religious courts on the basis that they work against, and not for, equality and human rights.

After the One Law for All rally, there will be a march organised by Iran Solidarity from 1600-1700 hours. The march will move from Richmond Terrace Junction to a protest at the embassy of the Islamic regime of Iran. According to Spokesperson, Maryam Namazie, “whilst racist and far Right groups like the English Defence League and the British Nationalist Party blame ‘Muslim immigration’ for Sharia law in order to further their inhuman agenda, it is people living under Islamic laws or the many who have fled Sharia and sought refuge here who are the principal victims of Islamism, and in the forefront of the struggle against it. Within this context, the One Law for All Campaign and the fight against Sharia law in Britain is an important front in the ongoing battle of people in Iran and everywhere against Islamism and for freedom, equality and secularism.”

The march will culminate in a protest rally in front of the embassy of the Islamic regime of Iran (16 Prince’s Gate, London SW7 1PT; closest underground: Knightsbridge). The event will end at 1730 hours.


1. Confirmed speakers and performers at the London rally include: AK47 (Street Poet); Asad Abbas (Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain); R Y Alam (Poet); Adam Barnett (Musician); David Fisher (Singer/ Songwriter); AC Grayling (Philosopher); Lilith (Street Poet); Lyrical Agent (Emcee); Rony Miah (Lawyers’ Secular Society); Maryam Namazie (One Law for All and Iran Solidarity); Gerard Phillips (National Secular Society); Naomi Phillips (British Humanist Association); Fariborz Pooya (Iranian Secular Society); Brent Lee Regan (Emcee); Yasmin Rehman (Women’s Rights Campaigner); Gita Sahgal (Activist); Muriel Seltman (Activist); Sohaila Sharifi (Equal Rights Now); Peter Tatchell (Human Rights Campaigner); and others. We will also screen a segment of a major new film for HBO called For Neda by director Anthony Thomas.

2. June 20 marks the day when 27-year-old Neda Agha-Soltan was shot dead by the Islamic regime of Iran’s security forces at a protest in Tehran. Her demand for freedom in the face of all-out repression has made her a symbol of people everywhere. According to Maryam Namazie, “It is very apt for us to remember Neda in our battle for equal rights in Britain or wherever we happen to live. Neda’s murder and Sharia law in Britain are intrinsically linked; both are the result of the rise of the political Islamic movement of which the Islamic regime of Iran is a cornerstone.”

3. To read responses to Frequently Asked Questions including on the affinity between the far right and the Islamists; Islam matters because of political Islam; Secularism is an important vehicle to protect society; We will have nothing to do with the English Defence League; Criticising Islam is not racist; Laws should safeguard rights not violate them; There’s no place for Sharia law in Britain; The right to asylum is a basic human right; and more, go to: http://www.onelawforall.org.uk/about/faq/

4. To donate to the crucial work of One Law for All, please either send a cheque to our address below or pay via Paypal by visiting: http://www.onelawforall.org.uk/donate/.
We need regular support that we can rely on and are asking for supporters to commit to giving at least £5-10 a month via direct debit. You can find out more about how to join the 100 Club at the above link.

5. For more information, contact:
Maryam Namazie
One Law for All and Iran Solidarity
BM Box 2387
London WC1N 3XX, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 7719166731


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  1. Islam Friend June 20, 2010 at 1:11 am

    I was not comparing the EDL to muslims, you obviously did not properly read what I was saying…I agree with the message the EDL is trying to say, we are not racist, we do not hate muslims…on the contrary, we welcome all races and religions to support the EDL. I agree that some BNP type lowlife racist scum has infiltrated the EDL, we are working hard to eradicate that element from the EDL.
    I hope you realise by now that the EDL is not a right (or left) wing organisation, you are obviously a very well educated woman – in an extreme Islam country you could be murdered simply because you are educated…we are fighting for the same thing & the same cause Maryam, I suggest you join the EDL, we would welcome you & I know you are a great speaker, you would be a great help to get rid of the fascist right wing scum that we don’t like and don’t want in the EDL

    • AK47 July 13, 2010 at 5:18 pm

      I do think that there are racists in the EDL although personally I do not necessarily think you are a racist group as a whole. I think the media has put out a lot of spin with regards to the EDL and SIOE and therefore I would suggest that non-racist EDL and SIOE members join One Law For All because otherwise One Law For All will be wrongly accused of associating with racists if the groups did ever decide to work in solidarity. I would fear if this organization and my own associated with the EDL or SIOE we’d all be viewed as right wing nationalists (I know that is wrong) and therefore it would be more strategic for tolerant EDL and SIOE members to join us. The racists within your groups have got you a really bad name and the press have manipulated this to destroy the validity of your groups. I do agree that all progressive minds need to come together against Islamic extremism and Sharia. However racists and neo-Nazis must be flushed out. Their struggle is contrary to our own because two right wing extremes, Islamism and Racist Nationalism, do not make a free society.

      • AK47 July 13, 2010 at 5:53 pm

        I think as freedom lovers we should fight against all extremes and that is what sets One Law For All apart from the EDL and SIOE. They need to check the extremists within as well as those out with their organizations. Let’s also not forget that Muslims are the first victims of Sharia.

  2. Non-Racist June 20, 2010 at 7:13 am

    To me,it seem’s like every Minority,organisation,whatever,are missing the fundamental,s.Unless we drop,the many diversified Minority concept’s and come under one banner,a Non-Racist one,one “Where Everyone Is Equal”Racism will just carry on.A New Approach is needed,an approach for all like minded people to be involved in,without the stigma of a name that seem’s to benefit only that Minority ?One name,One banner,for EveryOne.Get real people or just listen to rhetoric for the next four hundred years.Go in Peace,may your God walk with you

  3. Yaseen Abdullah June 20, 2010 at 10:08 am

    I totally agree with the name of the website, there should only be one law and that is the law of our creator so that is the Sharia

    What ever you guys say and do there will be no law on this earth that will help prevent problems except for the law of our creator, one may ask why the answer is simple The one who creates knows what his creation needs. Right or wrong?

    democracy,communism have all failed. Sharia when it was fully implemented properly has and will never fail red in history of the great muslim leader Umar Abdul Aziz when he fully implemented it see what the levels of crime and poverty were like

    People fail to realise that Islaam calls people to light from darkness calls to social values and accepting that which is good for us and leaving that is bad according yes to the one that craeted us as he knows what is best for us

    This is why islaam is the fastes growing religion why so many women in UK and US are accepting it

    I hope I havent offended anyone but surely happiness is Sharia

    • Humanist Reasoner June 25, 2010 at 5:20 pm

      @Yaseen Abdullah

      You talk about a law of a creator? There is no evidence of a creator. It makes perfect sense to ask if maybe this universe had a creator but we just do not have even the slightest shred of evidence for a creator.

      The only laws we have ever had have been man made laws. These have been getting better with time – you only have to look at the ridiculously juvenile laws of the old Abrahamic Religious books to know how idiotic man once was and to know that only men could have written those laws as no extraterrestrial visiting entity would be so uncivilised to make such laws themselves.

    • Humanist Reasoner June 25, 2010 at 5:30 pm

      @Yaseen Abdullah

      If you want to know of calling people from the darkness into light, like calling people from Islam (ahumanism) to humanism, you need to study The Enlightenment.

      Islam might be the fastest growing virus on this planet but this means nothing for it validity. Firstly, the only reason why there is so much food available so that primitive people might multiply to overpopulate the world is because of the technologies brought by secularist societies.

      Ask yourself this – why does Islam only spread through backward uneducated disadvantaged and near hopeless societies? Why do the educated people of the west reject not just Islam but all religions?

      There might be a creator – no body knows and no body has ever known – people have only ever pretended to know. But if someone then writes a book about imagined conversations or imagines messages from a creator then they are now a militant theist. There is nothing wrong with thinking there might be a creator, that is theism, but to write a book and talk about such speculations as what such a creator might want us to do and not to do – well, that is militant theism.

    • krissie July 17, 2010 at 10:01 am

      I cannot beleive that any free thinking woman or man can believe that shariah law is right. I t is (as is all religious concepts) rules made by men for men and totally for his pleasure and power over the weaker sex. How very macho of them. I see these males (that are allowed to marry a child at 1 years old and sexually abuse these babies and have full sex by the time they are 9 years old) as weak and feeble minded perverts with only sexual deviance and control on their minds then they are extremely mentally unstable. The only reason these evil beasts (yes beasts they are nothing less than animals)are gaining any headway (and sharia law is now allowed in the uk) is because weak like minded ‘christians’ (thats a laugh) such as the ‘Archbishop of Canterbury’ actually condone this sort of bullying behaviour as do the do gooders are letting everone run amock with normal sensible rules and punishments being dismissed.

    • George Abbots July 25, 2010 at 3:13 am

      I don’t wish to offend any muslims, but the law of our Creator is NOT Sharia. God treats everyone the same – sharia does not. Democracy, Communisim, and Islam have all failed. Not until God reigns on earth will we have peace, but He will not force it.

      When Christ was on the earth, He taught the laws of God, most of which Islam ignores. When every knee bows and every tongue confesses without any force whatsoever – that Jesus is the God you should follow – then we will have peace.

  4. David June 20, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Not worth posting on any anti muslim topic! Too much PC! Posts die just like our freedom! I am sick of what is going on here in Britain!!!!


    • krissie July 17, 2010 at 10:10 am

      Hi David
      I totally agree with what you say. Governments have sold our country to these evil people who like to perform Shariah law. Especially on women. I will be at the next rally. I am not racist, colour and creed mean nothing to me. But i am anti evil and I see Shariah as evil. They are happy to cause suffering and pain especially to women. I hope that one day when Muslim women get their minds back from the brain washing they have recieved they will do as our grandparents did and fight to gain equality. Muslim men fear equality because for some reason that I do not comprehend they stronger by the brutal treatment of females from birth to death. My sincere is hope is that these people (if there is an afterlife and a god ( which I am absolutley sure there cant be) come back as a female in a muslim society.

  5. Neil Jackson June 20, 2010 at 10:16 am

    Hi All; Here’s hoping to a peaceul and productive day protesting against Sharia. But please, I ask you, stop tarring the EDL with the racist/fascist label. As a member of the EDL, I’d like you to know that I am not racist and that the EDL are not a racist organisation. But like any large group drawn from the working class, there are problems; problems which are being tackled.
    As an EDL member I oppose both types of fascism, both the BNP and the Islamists, so please don’t make the assumption that me and my friends are fascists. Warm Regards, Neil Jackson

  6. Stephen June 20, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    Hi Maryam,

    Hope you are well. This is my first time visiting this site. I just saw it linked from Indymedia Ireland. Your cause looks a good one.

    You haven’t, on this page at least, shown what differences there are in policy between you and the EDL. Labelling someone as “racist” or “rightwing” is meaningless in itself without further explanation. These are just functioning as insults. No one should be persuaded by them.

    Some members of the EDL may wish to join you. This is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your commitment to the impartial application of principle, in keeping with the spirit of “one law for all”. I would caution you against viewing it as a threat.

    There need be no contradiction between welcoming members of an organisation into your ranks while at the same time condemning some of that organisation’s policies. All that needs to happen is for the member in question to share your disagreement with those aspects of his organisation’s policies. Relying on labels without mentioning policy details risks crating the appearance of prejudice and smug superiority, and weakens your case.

    Best Wishes,

  7. zainab June 20, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    Dear Maryam,
    I did want to join the march until I saw your own words on this page that people like me who sympathise the EDL & the SIOE are ‘not welcome.’ I feel that instead of uniting, you divide and pigeonhole people. You clearly think that you can win this fight alone and own a monopoly on the truth. In your struggle to defeat fascism, you have become like those people you seek to defeat. I hereby withdraw my support to your organisation, financially or otherwise. Good luck with your campaign.

    • zainab June 20, 2010 at 10:24 pm

      PS. The EDL and the SIOA for instance, a sister or SIOE, welcome anybody in their fight against Islam/Islamism/the Shariah. Even people who like to judge. We are all in this together. You should join them one day, before you pass judgment.

      • zainab June 20, 2010 at 10:31 pm

        I mention the SIOA because they had a succesful demo in NY lately attended by 10,000 people demonstrating against the 911 mosque.

  8. Jem June 21, 2010 at 1:03 am

    I completely agree with OneLawForAll’s aims, but I would like to ask is there any truth that OLFA has links to communist groups? This is something that would put me off attending any future demonstrations

    • Stephen June 21, 2010 at 9:56 am

      Thanks Jem,

      Hope you’re well. Here’s my advice.

      Forget who it has links with and ask what it stands for. That is all that matters. And if it happens that’s what other groups such as communists or race nationalists stand for, so be it. You agree with them thus far, at least. Hell, maybe you should join them. Just stick to what seems right to you and let others do what they want. Don’t do things depending on what others do.

      Best Wishes,

  9. Im Forgiven June 26, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    This is the US of North America and not the US of the Middle East or any other Continent. The US of North America was founded under The US Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. And because of these foundations not only Americans but also you “Muslims” are able to worship your god in our land. In the other hand we Christians cannot worship our GOD in the Middle East or in any Nations (Islamic) that has the Sharia Law, b/c if we do, we are put to death or persecuted.

  10. Gavin July 13, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    One Law for All is the only way for humanity to survive. If we allow shiara law to take over the west we can kiss goodbye to human rights and progress. It is not racist to be against islam, its just common sense. Islam is an evil cult set up by some guy called mohamoud in the dark ages and still spreads like the plague. Muslims need to e educated in order to combat the brainwashing carried out by islamists. Action needs to e taken now before its too late

    • krissie July 17, 2010 at 10:18 am

      Hi Gavin
      Spot on. These are religions made by nothing more than a comtrolling man to control anyone weaker. Hand to hand combat on the otherhand would be another matter. They are cowards hiding under skirts and pretending to be strong by using like minded people to enslave the weak. Shame on British governments for allowing these freaks of nature to use Sharia law. We have perfectly good laws in this country and they should be forced to abide by our laws or pay the consequences. If they dont like our wonderful caring country that lets face it gives them a better lifestyle than they have in their homeland, then let them go back to their pathetic supersticious lifestyles in their own country.

  11. Khalid August 5, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Well one can say that I am lying or some one else ,any one can access the internet and can find truth about Islam and sharia stories full of horror and bloodshed to hell with them.
    I support one law for all and Humanism

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