Prominent Supporters

Sharia law is discriminatory and unjust, particularly against women and children. Sharia courts in Britain are a quick and cheap route to injustice and do nothing to promote minority rights and social cohesion. Their voluntary nature is a sham as many women will be pressured into going to these courts and abiding by their decisions. 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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List of Prominent Supporters

Updated 01/06/2016

Abdullah Asadi, Executive Director, International Federation of Iranian Refugees, Sweden
AC Grayling, Writer and Philosopher, London, UK
Afsaneh Vahdat, Coordinator, Council of Ex-Muslims of Sweden, Sweden
Afshin Ellian, Professor, Leiden University Faculty of Law, Netherlands
Ahlam Akram, Executive Committee member of the Arab Jewish Forum and Joint Action for Israeli Palestinian Peace, UK
Alan Johnson, Editor, Democratiya.com, Lancashire, UK
Anne-marie Lizin, Honorary Spokesperson of the Belgian Senate and Coordinator of the Association against Honour Crimes and Forced Marriages, Belgium
Annie Sugier, President, Ligue du Droit International des Femmes, France
Anthony McIntyre, Writer, Ireland
AronRa, Magic Sandwich Show, USA
Asqar Karimi, Central Committee Member, Worker-communist Party of Iran, London, UK
Atheist Society of India, India
Austin Dacey, Representative to the United Nations, Center for Inquiry-International, USA
Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Writer, USA
Babak Yazdi, Head of Khavaran, Canada
Bahram Soroush, Founding member, Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain, UK
Beatrice Monroy, Poet, Italy
Bev LeFrancois, Member of Women of Halton Action Movement and Canadians in Support of Afghan Women, Canada
Brighton Secular Humanists
Canadians in Support of Afghan Women, Canada
Carla Revere, Barrister and Chairperson of the Lawyers’ Secular Society, UK
Caroline Fourest, Writer, France
Caspar Melville, Editor, New Humanist magazine, London, UK
Catherine Lefèvre, women’s rights activist, France
Center for Inquiry, USA
Centre for Secular Space, UK
Christopher Hitchens, Author, USA
Claire Rayner, late Vice-President, British Humanist Association, UK
Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain, UK
Council of Ex-Muslims of France, France
Council of Ex-Muslims of Germany, Germany
Council of Ex-Muslims of Morocco, Morocco
Council of Ex-Muslims of Scandinavia, Sweden
Cyrus and Betsy Giffen Nowrasteh, Filmmakers, Stoning of Soraya M, USA
Dan Barker, Co-President of Freedom from Religion Foundation, USA
Darren Johnson, Green Party Member, London Assembly, UK
David Nicholls, President of the Atheist Foundation of Australia, Australia
David Pollock, President of the European Humanist Federation, UK
Deeyah Khan, Filmmaker, USA
Derek Lennard, Chariperson, Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association, UK
Diana Nammi, Director of Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation, UK
Djemila Benhabib, author of Ma vie à Contre Coran, France
Doreen Massey, Peer, House of Lords, London, UK
DPR Jones, Magic Sandwich Show, USA
Ed Buckner, President, American Atheists, USA
Eduardo Robredo Zugasti, Tercera Cultura, Spain
Equal Rights Now – Organisation against Women’s Discrimination in Iran, Sweden
European Humanist Federation, Belgium
Fahimeh Sadeghi, Coordinator, International Federation of Iranian Refugees-Vancouver, Canada
Fariborz Pooya, Founder, Iranian Secular Society, UK
Farideh Arman, Coordinator, International Campaign in Defence of Women’s Rights in Iran, Sweden
Farshad Hoseini, Activist, International Campaign against Executions, Netherlands
Fitnah – Movement for Women’s Liberation, UK
Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association, UK
Gilbert Corniglion, Drummondville, QC, Canada
Gina Khan, Activist, Birmingham, UK
Gita Sahgal, Director of Centre for Secular Space, UK
Hamed Abdel-Samad, Political Scientist and Author, Germany/Egypt
Hameeda Hossain, women’s rights activist, Bangladesh
Hamid Taqvaee, Central Committee Secretary, Worker-communist Party of Iran, Canada
Hartmut Krauss, Editor, Hintergrund, Germany
Homa Arjomand, Coordinator, International Campaign against Sharia Courts in Canada, Canada
Hope Knutsson, Chair, Sidmennt, Icelandic Ethical Humanist Association, Iceland
Houzan Mahmoud, Abroad Representative, Organisation of Women’s Freedom in Iraq, London, UK
Humanist and Ethical Union of Kenya, Kenya
Ibn Warraq, Writer, USA
International Committee against Executions, Netherlands
International Committee against Stoning, Germany
International Humanist and Ethical Union, UK
Iranian Secular Society, UK
Iran Solidarity, UK
Issam Shukri, Head, Defense of Secularism and Civil Rights in Iraq; Central Committee Secretary, Left Worker-communist Party of Iraq, Iraq
Jaya Gopal, Founder Chairman, Atheist Society of India and Scientific Student Federation, India
Joan Smith, Writer and activist, UK
Johann Hari, Journalist, London, UK
Julie Bindel, Writer and co-founder of Justice for Women, UK
Karin Vogelpohl, Pedagogue, Germany
Keith Porteous Wood, Executive Director, National Secular Society, UK
Keyvan Javid, Director, New Channel TV, London, UK
Khalim Massoud, President, Muslims Against Sharia, Washington, DC, USA
Khayal Ibrahim, Coordinator, Organization of Women’s Liberation in Iraq; Arabic Anchor for Secular TV, Canada
LAIQUES – Région PACA, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, France
Laura Cima, Laboratorio politico di Torino, Italy
Laura Guidetti, Marea Association, Italy
Lawyers’ Secular Society, London, UK
Lilian Halls French, European Feminist Initiative President, France
Mahin Alipour, Coordinator, Equal Rights Now – Organisation against Women’s Discrimination in Iran, Sweden
Maria Hagberg, Chair, Network against Honour-Related Violence, Gothenburg, Sweden
Marieme Hélie-Lucas, Algerian sociologist and founder of the international solidarity network, Women Living Under Muslim laws and Secularism is a Women’s Issue, France
Marino Busdachin, General Secretary, Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization, Netherlands
Marvin F. Zayed, President, International Committee to Protect Freethinkers, Canada
Maryam Jamel, Activist, Women’s Liberation in Iraq, Canada
Maryam Namazie, Campaigner, UK
Mehboob Khan, Labour Councillor for Greenhead Ward, Kirklees Council, UK
Mehul Kamdar, Former editor of The Modern Rationalist, USA
Michael Schmidt-Salomon, Chief Executive Officer, Giordano Bruno Foundation, Germany
Michèle Vianès, President of Regards de Femmes, France
Mina Ahadi, Spokesperson, Council of Ex-Muslims of Germany; Coordinator, International Committee against Stoning, Germany
Mohammad Asangaran, Political activist, Germany
Naser Khader, Founder, Association of Democratic Muslims, Denmark
National Secular Society, UK
Navid Minay, General Secretary, Communist Youth Organization, Gothenburg, Sweden
Nazanin Afshin-Jam, Coordinator, Stop Child Executions Campaign, Canada
Nazanin Borumand, Never Forget Hatun Campaign against Honour Killings, Germany
Never Forget Hatun Campaign against Honour Killings, Germany
NiceOnes UK, UK
Nick Doody, Comedian, UK
Nina Sankari, President of the European Feminist Initiative, Poland
Ophelia Benson, Editor, Butterflies and Wheels, USA
Patty Debonitas, Spokesperson Iran Solidarity, UK
Paula Kirby, Writer, UK
Peter Tatchell, Campaigner, UK
Polly Toynbee, Writer, UK
Pragna Patel, Director of Southall Black Sisters
PZ Myers, American biology professor at the University of Minnesota Morris and author of the science blog Pharyngula, USA
Rahila Gupta, Activist, London, UK
Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan, Pakistan
Reza Moradi, Producer, Fitna Remade, London, UK
Richard Dawkins, Scientist, UK
Roy Brown, Past President, International Humanist and Ethical Union, Switzerland
Rumy Hassan, University of Sussex, UK
Ruth Kithei and Teresia Naomi, Kenya Association of Humanists in Aid of Women Atheists, Kenya
Samir Noory, Writer and Secular TV Manager, Canada
Sargul Ahmad, Activist, Women’s Liberation in Iraq, Canada
Scientific Student Federation, India
Shahla Daneshfar, Central Committee Member, Equal Rights Now – Organisation against Women’s Discrimination in Iran, UK
Shakeb Isaar, Singer, Sweden
Shiva Mahbobi, Producer, Against Discrimination TV Programme, London, UK
Siba Shakib, Iranian/German Film-maker and activist, USA
Silvia Torneri and Tiziana Dal Pra of the Association Trama di Terre, Imola, Bologna, Italy
Sohaila Sharifi, Editor, Unveiled, UK
Sonja Eggerickx, President, International Humanist and Ethical Union, Belgium
Southall Black Sisters, UK
Stephen Law, Editor, Royal Institute of Philosophy journal, London, UK
Stuart Bechman, President of Atheist Alliance International, USA
Susan Blackmore, Psychologist, UK
Tahir Aslam Gora, Writer and journalist, Canada
Tanya Smith, President of Atheist Alliance International, France
Taslima Nasrin, Writer and Activist, Bangladesh
Tauriq Moosa, Writer, Capetown, South Africa
Terry Sanderson, President, National Secular Society, UK
Udo Schuklenk, Philosophy professor, Queen’s University, Canada
Union des Familles Laïques – section Arles-Istres, France
Union des Familles Laïques – section Marseille-Aix-en-Provence, France
Women Against Fundamentalism, UK
Women of Halton Action Movement, Canada
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Writer and founding member of British Muslims for Secular Democracy, UK
Yasmin Rehman, Women’s Rights Campaigner, UK