01 February 2017

Strong backing in Lords for Bill to curb Sharia courts

A Bill aiming to curb the influence of sharia courts in the UK has received strong support in the House of Lords.

The Arbitration and Mediation Services (Equality) Bill was introduced by Baroness Cox – a patron of The Christian Institute.

It comes after persistent concerns that women are suffering because of sharia courts which back polygamy and discriminate against women.

The Private Members’ Bill seeks “to tackle gender discrimination in arbitration proceedings, informal mediations or pseudo-courts” and “ensures that Muslim women have genuine access to knowledge concerning their rights”.

On Friday, the House of Lords was told of several cases where women have been discriminated against because sharia law, rather than the law of the land, was upheld. [The Christian Institute] Read more