Britain must ban sharia “kangaroo courts”, say activists

LONDON, June 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Britain’s new government must abolish Islamic sharia courts, campaigners said on Monday, describing them as “kangaroo courts” that deliver second-rate justice and trample over the rights of women and children.

They called for the government to stick to pre-election promises to hold an inquiry into sharia courts which first appeared in Britain in the mid-1980s.

“Over the years, we have witnessed with increasing alarm the influence of ‘Sharia courts’ over the lives of citizens of Muslim heritage,” nearly 200 women’s rights and secular campaigners said in a statement.

“Though the ‘Sharia courts’ have been touted as people’s right to religion, they are in fact, effective tools of the far-right Islamist movement whose main aim is to restrict and deny rights, particularly those of women and children.”

It has been reported that there are 85 such courts in Britain, but the number is unknown. The courts — called sharia councils — deal mostly with family matters, in particular divorce.

  • pdxnag

    The Islamic right to sedition must not be recognized. Expelling these seditionists will render moot the issue of sharia court substitutes for all other courts and all other law and all other legal authorities.

  • Brett_McS

    The UK government did recognise these courts as being valid within certain areas of law. At least they are waking up to their error.

  • JoKeR

    But the elite in British society supports this as long as they don’t see it directly affecting them.

  • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

    Kudos to some Western feminists for finally taking to task Islam and its women-hating Sharia law, although the term ‘far-right Islamist movement’ is laughable.

    Is there a far-Left Islamist movement as well?

    Islamists are Islamists, they don’t lean right or left.

    Is ‘far-right Islamist’ an attempt to passively lump in Islamists with others on the ‘far-right’ (ie: Christians) ?

    Who knows how a feminist’s brain works.

    • Sir Roderick Spode

      Reactionary or totalitarian would be more accurate.

    • Canadian

      Who knows IF a feminist `s brain works.

      • Minicapt

        Evidence from studying a nematode indicate that “possible” is distinctly possible.


  • Canadian

    They will do nothing like that!