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Boycott of the Sharia law inquiry

| Wednesday, July 13th, 2016 | No Comments »
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SBS and others call for a boycott of the Sharia law inquiry. We are writing to you because you signed a letter of women’s rights advocates calling on the Home Secretary of the UK, Theresa May (and soon to be PM) regarding the inquiry into sharia law. We called on the Home Secretary not to have a theological inquiry but

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Open letter to the Home Secretary

| Monday, July 4th, 2016 | No Comments »
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SBS joins campaigners in protest against the government’s so called independent inquiry into Sharia Councils and women’s human rights abuses. Whitewashing Sharia councils in the UK? by Pragna Patel & Gita Sahgal Open letter to the Home Secretary As a group of women’s human rights organisations and campaigners, we express our profound concern and disappointment with the terms of reference

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Urgent Request for Signature in Support of Lawyers Collective (India)

| Tuesday, June 28th, 2016 | No Comments »
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SBS condemns the Indian government’s attempt to gag and effectively close down civil society organisations and legal firms like the Lawyers Collective in India. Please support! Dear Friends and Colleagues, We are writing here as the Lawyers Collective International Solidarity Campaign to urgently request your signature on the attached letter addressed to the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi,

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Indian government’s attempt to gag Lawyers Collective in India

| Friday, June 3rd, 2016 | No Comments »
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SBS condemns the Indian government’s attempt to gag and effectively close down civil society organisations and legal firms like the Lawyers Collective in India. Lawyers Collective Response This move spearheaded by the right wing Hindu fundamentalist Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and his cohorts, represents the latest in a long line of crack downs on NGOs in India. It is no

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Sharia Law, Legal Pluralism and Access to Justice Conference

| Thursday, April 21st, 2016 | No Comments »
Sharia Law Legal Pluralism and Access to Justice

Day Conference on Sharia Law, Legal Pluralism and Access to Justice 30 April 2016 11:30am-5:30pm Central London, near Kings Cross Station Elham Manea will present the findings of her new book Women And Sharia Law: The Impact Of Legal Pluralism In The UK. Women’s rights groups that led successful campaigns preventing public authorities such as the governing body of UK

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Human Rights Act Consultation

| Monday, February 1st, 2016 | No Comments »
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Call for case studies Southall Black Sisters is currently preparing its response to the forthcoming consultation to repeal the Human Rights Act. We want to highlight the importance of the Act and are currently looking for case studies where the Human Rights Act has been used to make a real difference for BME women and girls. The areas of law

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Transnational Marriage Abandonment

| Saturday, January 9th, 2016 | No Comments »
Transnational Marriage Abandonment

A New Form of Violence Against Women? A Public Meeting on Thursday 4 February 2016, 6pm – 8pm Committee Room 8, House of Commons, Westminster (Cromwell Green entrance) Transnational marriage abandonment refers to the problem of the abandonment of foreign national wives in their country of origin by men who are nationals or residents of another country. SBS’ front line

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SBS demands equal access to justice

| Thursday, December 10th, 2015 | No Comments »
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To mark International Human Rights Day, Southall Black Sisters, One Law for All, IKWRO and the Centre for Secular Spaces and others plan to deliver the following statement to 10 Downing Street on 10 December 2015. We call on the government to show unequivocal commitment to international human rights law by restoring in full the legal aid system and to

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Women’s rights groups urge government to hold inquiry into Sharia ‘courts’

| Wednesday, December 9th, 2015 | No Comments »
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Press Release: Women’s rights groups urge government to hold inquiry into Sharia ‘courts’ and the lack of access to justice On Thursday 10 December 2015, Southall Black Sisters (SBS), One Law for All, Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (IKWRO), Centre for Secular Space and British Muslims for Secular Democracy will attend 10 Downing Street to hand deliver a letter

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2015/16 Immigration bill and its impact

| Monday, November 30th, 2015 | No Comments »
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SBS deeply concerned about the forthcoming immigration bill and its impact on our users The 2015/16 Immigration Bill invokes punitive treatment of migrant communities by limiting access to accommodation, work and support provisions that will disproportionately affect women subject to immigration control with intersecting high needs, such as survivors of trafficking and domestic violence. Restrictions to government support will affect

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