Council of Europe calls on UK to ensure couples wed under civil law to protect women from Sharia

The UK should make it a legal requirement for Muslim couples to register their unions as civil marriages, before or during their Islamic ceremony, according to the body that oversees the European Convention on Human Rights.

The Council of Europe, an organisation made up of 47 nations, passed a resolution on Tuesday, warning about the role of sharia councils on family, inheritance and commercial law, stating that they “clearly discriminate against women in divorce and inheritance cases.”