Update on One Law for All campaign

Hello

Thank you for your continued support of the One Law for All campaign against Sharia Law in Britain. Due to your support, our campaign is gaining in recognition and strength. As the new co-spokesperson of the campaign, I hope to help make us stronger still. Earlier in the year, the new head of the Muslim Council of Britain praised the spread of Sharia law in Britain. More recently the courts were lauded by the King of Abu Dhabi. With a rise in Sharia courts and tribunals handing down discriminatory and unfair decisions against women and children in particular, our work is more urgent than ever.

Below is an outline of the work we have done over the summer, as well as our future plans. We will continue this work until we bring about an end to Sharia and religious law. In order to do so though we need your support. If you can, please donate to the crucial work of our organisation by sending a cheque or paying via Paypal. We urgently need regular support that we can rely on and are asking for 100 donors to commit to at least £5-10 a month via direct debit. Details on the 100 Club can be found here.

RALLY IN CENTRAL LONDON AND REPORT ON SHARIA LAW

Several hundred people joined One Law for All on 20 June at Downing Street to show their opposition to Sharia and religious-based laws in Britain and elsewhere, and to demand universal rights and secularism.

A new report, “Sharia Law in Britain: A Threat to One Law for All and Equal Rights”, was published on the same day. Co-Spokesperson Maryam Namazie discussed it on BBC Breakfast. It was also mentioned in the Law Society Gazette and in an article by Maryam in the Guardian amongst others.

The report describes the nature of Sharia law and how it is being practiced widely in Britain – some Muslim Arbitration Tribunals are operating under powers provided by the Arbitration Act 1996 and as such, are legally enforceable. The report exposes the sham nature of the ‘consent’ and the religious freedom arguments. It gives recommendations as to how we can bring about an end to Sharia tribunals and other such courts in Britain such as the Sharia Councils. Recommendations include an amendment to the Arbitration Act as well as the formulation of a legal argument under the Human Rights Act, and a widespread campaign to highlight these courts and inform victims of their rights under British law.

SAVE SAKINEH MOHAMMADI ASHTIANI AND STOP STONING CAMPAIGN

During the summer, One Law for All focused heavily on the Iran stoning case and helped organise several events including 24 July International Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani Day and 28 August 100 cities against Stoning. In July, co-spokesperson Maryam Namazie was joined by Mina Ahadi, Peter Tatchell, and AC Grayling at a press conference in London, aimed at highlighting her case. In September, Maryam wrote a letter of complaint to OFCOM regarding the inaccurate reporting on the case and stoning in Iran on a BBC Sunday Morning Live programme. During the debate, only two people were invited to join via webcam – one from Tehran and the other from the Islamic Sharia Council in Britain – both of whom were in support of Sakineh’s stoning and or execution. Maryam who had been invited to participate was never brought on. Outrageously, the head of the Islamic Sharia Council defended stoning to death as a way of keeping society pure…

PROTEST THE POPE

Maryam gave a speech on Sharia and the need for secularism at the Protest the Pope rally in central London on 18 September. Other speakers included Johann Hari, Pragna Patel, Richard Dawkins and Peter Tatchell. Her speech can be found here.

In the upcoming months we plan to do the following:

ARBITRATION ACT AMENDMENT

A suggested amendment to the Arbitration Act is being formulated and sent to women’s, children’s, and human rights groups across the UK requesting their endorsement. The amendment will then be sent to all MPs in the House of Commons asking for it to be presented to the House for consideration. A meeting will be arranged with supportive MPs to highlight the amendment. A campaign will be initiated inviting people to contact their MP and request their support for the amendment.

‘ENEMIES NOT ALLIES’ REPORT AND SEMINAR

One Law for All is preparing a report and organising a seminar on ‘left wing’ organisations which have taken the side of or failed to condemn Islamists in political discourse, including Unite Against Fascism and The Respect Party. The report will also look at racist far Right groups such as the English Defence League and Stop Islamisation of Europe which are using concern over Sharia law to promote their racist and anti-immigrant agenda.

ART EXHIBITION AND COMPETITION

The deadline for entries to the second One Law for All art competition has passed. In November, One Law for All will hold a week long exhibition viewing at the Unit 24 Gallery in central London.

CONFERENCE ON SHARIA LAW, APOSTASY AND HUMAN RIGHTS

To coincide with International Human Rights Day on December 11, One Law for All will host a conference in conjunction with the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain and South Place Ethical Society, to discuss apostasy, human rights, and Sharia law. One Law for All will also publish a report on asylum law in the United Kingdom. It will argue that apostasy must be accepted as grounds for asylum and that this argument is grounded in both international and domestic law.

We also aim to organise an international conference on women’s rights in March 2011 and another conference on religion in December 2011.

Details of our events are to follow. Please visit our website for updates on events as well as speaking engagements taking place.

I look forward to working with you to end Sharia and religious laws here in Britain and everywhere.

Regards

Spokesperson

By | 2014-05-20T18:34:47+00:00 October 1st, 2010|Press Releases|6 Comments

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  1. Stephen Gash October 2, 2010 at 10:34 am

    Maryam, you calling Stop Islamisation of Europe “racist” is unworthy of your intelligence because it is factually incorrect. It also dangerously demeans the accusation of “racism”.

    1. SIOE’s slogan is “Racism is the lowest form of stupidity. Islamophobia is the height of common sense”. We say what we mean and mean what we say.

    2. Co-founder of SIOE, Anders Gravers has fathered two mixed-race children with two women of different races. So branding him a racist is not only insulting to him, it exposes both your ignorance about SIOE’s support and your own closed-minded stupidity.

    3. Muslims are comprised of many races and kill non-Muslims of all races. Race is not an issue for Muslims or for SIOE.

    If you want some facts about SIOE then go to our website and/or contact us. You have never bothered to talk to me despite several offers.

    • Adam Barnett, One Law For All October 6, 2010 at 11:21 am

      Mr. Gash,

      The evidence that your organization promotes a racist view of the world is strong. Your co-founder’s personal life does not alter SIOE’s opinions and practices.

      (Your comment further betrays your bigotry: when the violence you probably have in mind is committed by Muslims, its victims are usually other Muslims.)

      • Stephen Gash October 11, 2010 at 10:30 am

        The evidence is compellingly the opposite. We are openly anti-Islam as well as being anti-nazi and anti-communist. Conflating anti-Islam with racism is ridiculous and you know it.

        We are openly hardline against Muslims, but that means Muslims of all races.

        To be honest, the misappropriating the word “bigot” is as ridiculous as the misuse of the word “racist”. The reason you use “racist” is to deliberately deter people from criticising Islam and is therefore a dishonest reason.

        You argue that Muslims are being killed by Muslims. If the “extremists” are such a tiny minority, then it is up to the vast majority of “moderates” to sort out Islam and how Muslim countries are governed. However, if indeed it is a minority that are ruling Muslim countries against the will of the vast majority, then that is even more reson to halt Muslim immigration into the West.

        Frankly, One Law for all and BMSD should be more outspoken against the reality of halal food being rammed down the throats of non-Muslim schoolchildren and unknowing members of the public in Britain, than falsely accusing us of racism.

  2. Stephen Gash October 7, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    Mr Barnett,

    The evidence is compellingly the opposite. We are openly anti-Islam as well as being anti-nazi and anti-communist. Conflating anti-Islam with racism is ridiculous and you know it.

    We are openly hardline against Muslims, but that means Muslims of all races.

    To be honest, the misappropriating the word “bigot” is as ridiculous as the misuse of the word “racist”. The reason you use “racist” is to deliberately deter people from criticising Islam and is therefore a dishonest reason.

    You argue that Muslims are being killed by Muslims. If the “extremists” are such a tiny minority, then it is up to the vast majority of “moderates” to sort out Islam and how Muslim countries are governed. However, if indeed it is a minority that are ruling Muslim countries against the will of the vast majority, then that is even more reson to halt Muslim immigration into the West, if the minority are able to hold such sway.

    Frankly, One Law for all and BMSD should be more outspoken against the reality of halal food being rammed down the throats of non-Muslim schoolchildren and unknowing members of the public in Britain, than falsely accusing us of racism.

    • Adam Barnett, One Law For All October 13, 2010 at 1:34 pm

      Mr. Gash,

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts. However, we have not sought your advice, nor would we profit from it. Your recommendations for Muslims on how they should behave, born I’m sure out of sincere compassion, is similarly ignoble. Your arguements are dealt with fully in our forthcoming report.

      Regards,

      Adam Barnett
      One Law For All

  3. Robin October 19, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    Stephen, You are banging on the doors of closed minds here, sadly. They see that the words come from yourself, and “therefore” are clearly wrong even before they read them!

    “…we have not sought your advice, nor would we profit from it.” Translation: “We are a cliquey lot with closed minds uninterested in even considering other viewpoints.”

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