July 13, 2009

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June 26, 2009
European Commission President Manuel Barroso and President of the European Parliament, Hans Gert Pőttering hosted a lunch in Brussels on Friday 26 June 2009 with philosophical non-confessional organizations in the Commission’s efforts towards Strengthening European values. Keith Porteous Wood, supporter of One Law for All and the National Secular Society’s Executive Director was one of the guests. One of the concerns he raised with President Barroso was about the growing pressure on Muslims to use so-called official Muslim Arbitration Tribunals rather than the established justice mechanisms. Mr Porteous Wood said that those using these tribunals often did not know they...
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April 29, 2009
On April 19, 2009, the Somali parliament unanimously endorsed the introduction of Sharia law across the country. A few days earlier, the imposition of Sharia law in Pakistan’s northwestern Swat region was approved. Last month, a sweeping law approved by the Afghan parliament and signed by President Hamid Karzai required Shi’a women to seek their husband’s permission to leave home, and to submit to their sexual demands. Because of international and national protests the new law is now being reviewed but only to check its compatibility with Sharia law. Sharia law deems a woman unequal and subordinate to her husband...
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April 9, 2009

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April 8, 2009
One Law for All Campaign against Sharia Law in Britain was established on December 10, 2008 – International Human Rights Day – in order to mobilise opposition to Sharia and all religious based tribunals and defend universal and citizenship rights. 12,000 signatures and a successful March rally and meeting In the short time it has been established, we’ve gathered over 12,000 signatories to our petition calling for a ban on religious tribunals and organised a successful demonstration and public meeting to mark International Women’s Day in March in London. A free legal and informational helpline We have also set up...
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March 29, 2009
207 organizations from 46 Countries (and European and International organizations) have indicated their support for the Joint Statement on Defamation of Religions Algerian Centre for the Defence and Promotion of Press Freedom (CALP) [Algeria] Centro para la Apertura y el Desarrollo de América Latina (CADAL) [Argentina] Sociedad Humanista-etica, Deodoro Roca [Argentina] Atheist Foundation of Australia [Australia] Australia NZ Secular Association [Australia] Brisbane Atheists [Australia] Council of Australian Humanist Societies [Australia] Humanist Society of Queensland [Australia] Humanist Society of Victoria [Australia] Melbourne Atheist Group [Australia] Rationalist Association of NSW [Australia] Rationalist Society of Australia [Australia] Secular Party of Australia [Australia] Skeptics...
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January 28, 2009
This is your chance to voice your opposition to Sharia law and all religious-based tribunals in Britain and elsewhere, demand one secular law and full citizenship rights, demand an end to cultural relativism and racism, and defend universal rights. On the 7th, meet at North Terrace, Trafalgar Square, 3:30-4:30pm for a symbolic demonstration followed by a march towards Conway Hall from 4:30-5:30pm. Then join a public meeting entitled Sharia Law, Sexual Apartheid and Women’s Rights from 6:00-8:00pm at Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL. Speakers include: Yasmin Alibhai-Brown (Journalist and British Muslims for Secular Democracy Chair), Naser...
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December 10, 2008
The One Law for All campaign, which is seeking legislation to curb the influence of sharia law in Britain , will be launched at the House of Lords on International Human Rights Day, December 10, 2008. Gina Khan (activist), Maryam Namazie (campaign organiser), Carla Revere (Lawyers’ Secular Society), Joan Smith (writer), Ibn Warraq (writer), and Keith Porteous Wood (National Secular Society) will be speaking at the event, which will be chaired by Fariborz Pooya (Iranian Secular Society). The campaign has already received widespread support including from Nazanin Afshin-Jam, Mina Ahadi, Sargul Ahmad, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Mahin Alipour, Homa Arjomand, Susan...
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October 10, 2008

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September 29, 2008
The Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB) will present its first all day international conference on Political Islam, Sharia Law, and Civil Society on Friday 10 October 2008. Since apostasy is punishable by death under Islamic law, the conference coincides with the International Day against the Death Penalty. Speakers at the conference, including Richard Dawkins, AC Grayling, and Maryam Namazie, Spokesperson for the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain, will focus on Apostasy; Sharia Law; and Creationism, Faith Schools and Religious Education. Dawkins will also present his criticism of Harun Yahya’s Atlas of Creation, for which Dawkins’ site has been banned...
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