Monday, September 12, 2005

No Sharia in Ontario Courts.

The Ontario premier, Dalton McGuinty has stopped the move toward allowing sharia tribunals in family courts in Ontario. Also, there will now be an end to other, non-governmental tribunals, such as those held by Jews, Catholics, and aboriginal people. Now no one is exceptional in the eyes of the law, everyone is deemed equal. Or so it seems.

For those interested in continuing the debate we refer you to the following threads on this topic at:

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Below is a press release from Homa Arjomand:

Sunday, September 11th, 2005


Attention: News, Features, Government/Political Affairs, Religion Editors

“…no religious arbitration in Ontario…
one law for all Ontarians.", says Premier McGuinty

TORONTO – “I got a call about 4 pm Sunday afternoon while I was having dinner with my family, I thought the caller was joking, but it was true … no-faith based arbitration, I am so happy.” said Ms. Homa Arjomand, Coordinator of the International Campaign Against Sharia Court in Canada.

On Sunday Premier McGuinty was interviewed by the national news agency and made the following statements:

"I've come to the conclusion that the debate has gone on long enough," he said.

"There will be no Shariah law in Ontario. There will be no religious arbitration in Ontario. There will be one law for all Ontarians."

McGuinty said religious arbitrations "threaten our common ground," and promised his Liberal government would introduce legislation "as soon as possible" to outlaw them in Ontario.

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Community education is needed now

“I want to thank Premier McGuinty for listening to the people and for having the courage to make this historic decision … this decision will improve the standard of human rights for everyone in Ontario.”, said Ms.Arjomand. “Our concern now is how to prevent religious arbitration from continuing underground and how to assure the laws of Ontario are followed and enforced. It seems we’ll need to educate the communities, especially the people who are most vulnerable to private religious courts… I look forward to assisting in this effort.”, added Ms.Arjomand.

Thank you to the activists

“Most of all, I want to thank all the people who worked on the campaign. This victory was the result of the hard work of thousands of activists, across Ontario, Canada and Europe who volunteered their time and skills to help bring an end to Sharia courts in Canada,” said Ms. Arjomand, “…to each and everyone of them I want to say thank you, we did this together.”

Sharia is a global struggle

“Together we have defeated the forces of ‘Political Islam’ in Ontario, but this is just the first step.”, added Ms. Arjomand. “We must not stop here, we need to continue the fight and assist people in other countries who live under the burdens of Sharia and Political Islam…countries such as England, India, Iran, Iraq, Netherlands and Nigeria… the people there are counting on us.”

About Homa Arjomand and the Campaign

Homa Arjomand is the Coordinator of the International Campaign Against Sharia Court in Canada. She started her campaign in Toronto in October 2003 with a handful of supporters, and today it has grown to a coalition of 87 organizations from 14 countries with over a thousand activists. Homa is a Toronto based transitional counselor and was a human rights activist in Iran until she was forced to flee in 1989.

Media Contact: Ms. Homa Arjomand 416-737-9500.

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