Friday, September 02, 2005

First They Beat Her....

International Campaign against Sharia Court in Canada.

It has been a year since the International Campaign against Sharia Court in Canada, called for a day of protest, nationally and internationally, against faith based courts in Ontario. The protestors wanted the Ontario to remove family law from the 1991 Arbitration Act.

The Campaign worked hard to inform the general public and the ministries in charge about the high risks of permitting Sharia courts in Ontario. Unfortunately, despite all the warnings, the government of Ontario has not taken a clear position to prevent the interference of religious institutions in the judicial system.

We call upon all concerned individuals and progressive organizations to join us in opposing the Ontario Arbitration Act 1991 which allows religion to interfere in the Canadian judicial system. This Act allows family law disputes to be resolved outside the law courts by arbitrators according to their own religious and cultural beliefs. This act allows Islamic groups to legalize the suppression of women by implementing the proposed Sharia Court.

Join us! Together, let us raise our collective voice for progressive change! We can and must make a difference!

Toronto: Queen's Park , Ontario Legislature, (time, 12–2 Pm)


Homa Arjomand, Coordinator of International Campaign against Sharia Court in Canada,
June Callwood, Writer, journalist and founder /co-founder of over 50 social action organizations
Sally Armstrong, Journalist, an Amnesty International award winner, human rights activist
Irshad Manji, The author of The Trouble with Islam,. www.muslim-refusenik.comt
Mahmood Ahmadi, human right activist, spokesperson of federation of Iranian refugee
Tarek FatahElka Enola , women's right activist, representative of The Humanist Association of Canada , Spokesperson of Canadian Muslim Congress

Issam Shukri, Head of "the Defense of Secularism and Civil Rights in Iraq - DSCRI"

Bonnie Dimond, Executive Director National Association of Women and the Law

Khayal Ibrahim, Spokesperson from Women's liberation in Iraq, activist for women's rights in Iraq, counselor for abused women

Samira Mohyeddin, Women's right activist, MA candidate at the Institute for Women's Studies and Gender Studies and the Middle Eastern Studies department at the University of Toronto.

Rita Smith, President of the Toronto-Danforth Progressive Conservative riding


Justin Trottier, President of The Secular Alliance of Toronto University

Bev LeFrancois, Peace/ Women's Rights Activist

contact: Homa Arjomand, 416-737-9500

Ottawa: Parliament, (time, 12-2 PM)


Soheila Bayani, Women's Rights activist, Event coordinator of International Campaign against Sharia Court in Canada-Ottawa

Elizabeth Cuddy, Human rights activist
David Aram, Spokesperson of the International Federation of Iranian Refugees- Ottawa

Maryam Abdola; Women's Rights activist spokesperson of Women's liberation in Iraq
David Bleakney;
Representative of the National Canadian Union of Postal Workers
Sheila Ayala; women's right activist, representative of The Humanist Association of Canada-Ottawa
Anu Bose; PhD , Executive Director & Project Mgr. NOIVMWC
Josiane Juegouo ;
from the Mouvement ontarien des femmes immigrantes francophones (MOFIF)

Mila Younes ; Fédération nationale des femmes canadiennes françaises (FNFCF)

Denise Veilleux ; Union des forces progressistes

Contact: Soheila Bayani (

Vancouver: 800 Hornby (in front of Family Court) downtown
Zari Asli, 604-727-8986

Victoria: Parliament
Contact: Abass Mohammdadi (

Montreal: devant le complex Guy Favreau Bd Rene Levesque O Montreal

Date: September 8th , time: 12 – 1 PM

organisee par L,Association des Femmes Iraniennes de Montreal

Appuyee par : La Federation des Femmes du Quebec.
: Elahe Machouf,

:100 Rittenhouse Dr. Kitchener (time, 7-9 PM)
contact: Heidy Schmidt, at 518-291-5480

England : London , Canadian High Commission, 38 Grosvenor Street , ( Bond Street Tube)

Contact: Sohaila Sharifi at 447719111738,

Germany: Dusseldorf In front of Canadian Consulate

Contact: Mina Ahadi, at 4917775692413,

Sweden: Stockholm, In front of Canadian Embassy.

Contact: Mahin Alipour at 0046707777313,

Sweden: Gutenberg: Brunnsparken K1

Contact: Shahla Nori at 0046737262622,

Holland: Canadian Embassy, Sophialaan 7, 2514 JP `S-Gravenhage ,( DENHAAG)
Sorosh Ebrahimi, at 0031-(0) 61324331,

France: Canadian Embassy, 35 avenue Montaigne 75008, Paris

Contact: Michèle Vianès, at 06 10 39 94 87,


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