The absurdity of debating Sharia law
- Posted by Maryam Namazie
- On December 8, 2011
- 32 Comments
- sharia law
I find it absurd that tonight – and for the umpteenth time – I must argue that Sharia law negates human rights at a ‘debate’.
It reminds me of my ‘debates’ with campaigners at a women’s rights meeting more than 20 years ago. They kept excusing FGM as a cultural matter that needed to be respected whilst I argued otherwise. Having lived in Sudan for two years with roommates who were mutilated, I can still hear their screams when they were having sex or menstruating. (I lived there from 1988 until 1990 when I was evacuated by my employer after being threatened by Sudanese security but that’s another story).
Today, those very same campaigners wouldn’t dare excuse FGM and there will come a day when proponents will not dare defend Sharia law.
Until then, debate I will…
Here’s information on tonight’s event:
Today, 8 December from 18:00-21:00 hours at UCL, 26 Bedford Way, London we will be hosting a debate on a very important topic. The proponeonts of the motion will be arguing that Sharia Law negates human rights.
Co-hosted by UCLU-ASHS and One Law for All, a campaign to protect human rights which believes that Sharia Law opposes the principles of equality enshrined in British law. Drinks will be provided.
For the motion:
1) Maryam Namazie – Human rights campaigner, spokesperson One Law for All.
2) Anne-Marie Waters – Lawyer, spokesperson One Law for All
Against the motion:
1) Ayazz Mahmood – UK Ahmadiyya Muslim University of Theology and Languages
2) Adam Walker – Lawyer and Muavin Sadr of Ahmadiyya UK