Monday, July 4th, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, News Editor, World News Editor. Government/Political Affairs Editor
NDP says “arbitration has no place in family law”
“this is great news for me and all
my fellow activists”, said Homa Arjomand, Coordinator of the International
Campaign Against Sharia Court in
“We started our campaign to end private religious courts 20 months ago with a handful of supporters, and today we have a strong coalition of over 80 organizations and 1000’s of activists. Together we will continue to fight this law until it is changed”. said Ms. Arjomand.
The NDP statement also called on the McGuinty government to make legal aid more available for family legal matters, and to increase the funding for both independent legal advice and the Family Court system. “…we fully support these recommendations”, said Homa Arjomand.
The position of the NDP differs with the Boyd Report. In December 2004, Marion Boyd, former Attorney General under Bob Rae, recommended the Liberal Government continue to permit the arbitration of family legal matters based on religious laws. Recommendation number 2, on page 133 of her report, reads as follows: “The Arbitration Act should continue to allow disputes to be arbitrated using religious law”.
Media Contact: Ms. Homa Arjomand 416-737-9500
Further Information: www.nosharia.com
NDP Statement: http://www.ontariondp.com/news/article_234.php
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