Global groups unite against Islamic arbitration in Ontario
Last Updated Sun, 04 Sep 2005 22:09:12 EDT
Almost 100 organizations around the
globe will protest Thursday against a proposal that would allow Islamic law to
be used in family arbitration and mediation cases in
Canadian and European feminist groups,
dissidents from some Islamic states such as
Speakers at the Canadian events will include journalists June Callwood, Irshad Manji and Sally Armstrong.
Sohaila Sharifi, an
Iranian emigrant who is organizing the
Muslims] win this fight in
"They would use the same argument
to establish the same religious system here in
It would make it legal for Muslims to
seek Islamic arbitration and mediation for family disputes such as divorce,
custody and inheritance cases. Boyd says this isn't the same as Shariah law, which - as practised
When the report was first released in Dec. 2004, critics said allowing Islamic arbitration would effectively legalize the suppression of Muslim women - while supporters argued it would be consistent with Canadian values of multiculturalism and tolerance.
At the time, Marilou
McPhedran, lawyer for the Canadian Council of Muslim
Women, said the report set the stage for the adoption of Shariah
The report also angered Tarek Fatah, with the Canadian Muslim Congress, who said it would create "an under-class of underprivileged people who can go into their ghettos and deal with issues and not bother them."
Boyd was asked to review