One Law for All and the National Secular Society held a successful debate on sharia law at the House of Commons on Tuesday 28 June 2011 chaired by Jim Fitzpatrick MP. One Law for All Spokesperson Maryam Namazie spoke against sharia law in Britain and called for an end to its practice under the Arbitration Act 1996. Speaking in favour of sharia law were Aina Khan, a Sharia lawyer, and Omer El-Hamdoon, President of the Muslim Association of Britain. Keith Porteous-Wood, Executive Director of the National Secular Society made closing remarks.

The event was over-subscribed and the audience included members of both Houses of Parliament, journalists, and representatives of women’s rights and other groups. Prior to the debate, One Law for All wrote to every MP and Peer with a copy of One Law for All’s report entitled ‘Sharia Law in Britain; A Threat to One Law for All and Equal Rights.’

You can find audio links to the initial opening statements here (we were not given permission to film the event):

Aina Khan, Sharia lawyer

Omer El-Hamdoon, President of the Muslim Association of Britain

Maryam Namazie, One Law for All and Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain Spokesperson

Transcript of Maryam Namazie’s speech

Questions and Answers (Questions are not all audible but responses are.)

Keith Porteous Wood, National Secular Society Executive Director, Closing remarks

A follow up meeting will be arranged to accommodate greater audience numbers.