Wealden MP helps secure Home Office review of Sharia courts in UK

Wealden MP Nus Ghani

Wealden MP Nus Ghani

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Wealden’s MP has helped secure a Home Office review into the spread of Sharia courts across the UK.

Nus Ghani raised the issue with Home Secretary Theresa May during a Home Affairs Select Committee meeting last week as recent reports suggest there are around 30 operating in the UK.

A number of women’s organisations have urged the Government to place an outright ban on courts seeking to uphold Islamic law.

Highlighting the fact that Sharia courts do not hand down rulings in line with British law, and that one of their main aims is often to restrict the rights of women and children, Ms Ghani asked: “Our rule of law trumps any pop-up Sharia court: what can we do about them?”

Mrs May agreed that there was only one rule of law in the UK, which was set by Parliament, and added: “I am very aware that there is concern about how Sharia courts are operating in some circumstances in the UK. That is why we will be doing a review.”

Ms Ghani added: “Sharia courts are damaging and harmful institutions which very often contravene British law in their rulings. They are particularly harmful to women and children.

“I am pleased that the Home Secretary has recognised this, and look forward to further details about the review she announced yesterday.”

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