13 July 2016

May’s Sharia Law review ALREADY under fire as new PM set for Number 10

Earlier this year the Home Secretary sparked controversy when she told Britons they could benefit from the teachings of Sharia - despite the courts being renowned for forcing women to stay with abusive men.

May made the comments when she announced a review in forthcoming weeks, into whether the rulings of the almost 100 Sharia courts in the UK, contradict British law.

But the review has already been branded a “whitewash” while more than 200 individuals and human rights groups have signed a letter asking her to scrap the chosen panel, and start again.

Those behind the letter have claimed the appointment of an Islamic scholar as chairman, and two imams in advisory roles, impairs their ability to make an impartial assessment and the whole review will be compromised.

Gita Sahgal, the director of Centre for Secular Space was among the signatories, as well as former head of Amnesty International’s gender unit, the playwright Julia Pascal and the Iranian-born human rights activist, Maryam Namazie. [EXPRESS.CO.UK] Read more