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THE INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN TO CLOSE DOWN IRANIAN EMBASSIES

 

Campaign's Co-ordinator: Homa Arjomand - homawpi@nosharia.com - Ph: +1 416 737 9500

 

Homa Arjomand

February 18 and 19, 2005

 

Speech at the Conference of “Children Rights Now” in regards to the Convention on the Rights of the Child and its alternative

 

The Convention on the rights of the Child and its alternatives

 

I have no doubt that the Convention on the Rights of the Child which was adopted by General Assembly resolution 44/25 on 20 November 1989 is one that promoted social progress and better standards of life of the Child globally. 

 

For sure some of its articles can be adopted by the Maxima list which is of course the highest level of attainment with respect to progressive organizations in defence of children’s rights. My intention is not to focus on those progressive articles but rather on the inadequacy, conflicts and contradictions to the rights of children.

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EDMONTON

January 21, 2005.

 Mr. Vern Johnson

Edmonton, Alberta

Dear Vern:

Sharia Law:

We Should Not Legally Sanction Religious-Based Arbitrations

I am pleased to have been invited to comment on “Emerging Issues in Women’s Equality: A Look at Sharia Law” by Homa Arjomand. I note that in previous public discourses Ms. Arjomand has pointed out that the introduction of Sharia Law in Canada is being considered as a matter of administrative expediency in arbitrations and, through encouraging arbitrations, governments are thereby hoping to ease the burdens on the courts.  Supporters of these initiatives cite multiculturalism and religious freedom as justifications.  

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List #1

January 12, 2005

 From all the organizations to all the MPP’S:

 On December 20th, Ms. Marion Boyd released her report concerning the use of the Arbitration Act of Ontario, 1991 to settle family legal matters based on religious laws. We trust during this adjournment, you will take the time to read this important report in its entirety.

 Over the past year hundreds of activists have informed Ms. Boyd and the general public about the past failures and future risks of permitting religious groups to continue to settle family legal matters based on religious laws.

 We oppose the current two-tier legal system of secular and religious courts; where religious tribunals make binding rulings on family legal matters based on formal and informal religious laws, codes and values.

 We, the undersigned collectively believe in a secular court and “one law for all,” and recommend that all family legal matters be removed from the Arbitration Act of Ontario, 1991. We also believe that all family legal matters should be administered by a secular Family Court, subject to the Family Law Act of Ontario.

 We trust that when you have finished reading this report, we can add your name to the growing list of supporters (over 9000 to date) who want to ensure that all Ontarians are subject to one law, for the strength of a nation is its people, people that are governed by one law.

 Homa Arjomand

Coordinator of

The International campaign against sharia Court in Canada

 P.O. Box 45546 , 747 Don Mills Road, Toronto , On, M3C 3S4
416- 737-9500

homawpi@rogers.com,

www.nosharia.com

This letter was signed by 73 organizations and  60 individual activist and has been sent to all MPP’s on Jan 19, 2005

Monday, December 20th,  2004

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, News Editor, World News Editor. Government/Political Affairs Editor

 

 

Boyd Report Pushes

Women's Rights in Canada Back 1400 Years

Arjomand Calls for Public Hearing

 

 

TORONTO , Canada - Homa Arjomand, Coordinator of the International Campaign Against Sharia Court in Canada opposes the conclusions of Boyd's report because it recommends using faith-based arbitration and encourages the spread of Political Islam in Canada .

 

"I was surprised that Ms. Boyd didn't find any evidence of women suffering from discrimination during faith-based arbitrations", said Ms. Arjomand. "we submitted several reports of abuse and gave testimonies in person to Ms. Boyd,.

 

"... as for safeguards recommended by Boyd, I believe she had no choice but to accept the fact that faith-based courts put women in danger", said Ms. Arjomand. "The same political forces that encouraged Ms. Boyd to define safeguards, will now work to remove family law from the Arbitration Act."

 

"Our lawyers are studying the decisions of several arbitration cases and will bring them to court and expose how women are victimized by male-dominated legal decisions based on 6th century religion and traditions.", said Ms. Arjomand.

 

 "We'll also challenge the use of the Arbitration Act for family law, numerous shortcomings of this Act are detailed in the resolution we filed with the government last month." she said, "and we'll consider a challenge based on the Canadian Charter of Rights."

 

"Ms. Boyd consulted specific community groups and made 46 recommendations which will impact all the citizens of Ontario substantially for generations to come. We therefore appeal to the Government of Ontario to hold a public hearing and give all the people an opportunity to speak on this issue." said Ms. Arjomand

 

 "The Campaign will mobilize a strong force to oppose Sharia Law... and we encourage women who were victimized in a faith-based court to contact us." said Ms. Arjomand.

 

Homa Arjomand a Toronto based transitional counselor was a human rights activist in Iran until she was forced to flee in 1989.

 

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

 

Further Information:      www.nosharia.com

 

Speech at Panel Discussion on Separation of religion from State at the University of Toronto 's Faculty of Law

 November 4th, 2004

I should that say on the one hand  it is regrettable that at the  beginning of the twenty first century we still have to deal with the ancient debate about the separation of religion from the state. I said 'the ancient debate' because centuries ago religion and its industries' influence had been defeated in a great confrontation.

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Homa Arjomand

October 28, 2004

 Speech at METRAC (Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence against Women and Children) on “Emerging Issues in Women’s Equality –A look at Sharia Law”

 I’d like to thank you for giving me the opportunity to be among you today.  Gatherings like this provide an opportunity to discuss the obstacles women face in order to achieve equality. I’d like to present a true picture of the situation that women and children face in the so called Muslim communities. I will then highlight the need for the total separation of religion from the State as a precondition of women’s liberation in these communities. 

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Speak at University Women's Club, Toronto
Homa Arjomand will speak at University Women's Club-Toronto
Where: 162 St. George St
(South West corner of Bloor and St. George, South of the Bata Shoe Museum), Toronto
 October 14, 2004

I am very confident that gatherings such as this one will make powerful contributions to the struggle for women’s freedom by raising the profile of women’s rights.  Such events draw attention to the urgent need for actions relating to ensuring the total equality of the sexes,  to secularism, and towards the establishment of a society where all people are free and equal regardless of  gender, race, nationality or country of origin.  

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Speech delivered at Millennium Scholarship Foundation's fourth conference held in Ottawa , Canada ,on September 17th 2004 .


 I am pleased to be among you today. My focus is on the division of religion and the state.

 I have divided my discussion into the following parts. First I will very  briefly talk about the characterizes of a civil society. Then I will concentrate on the conflict between culture,  'minority rights' and the  rights of individuals in society. I will also consider the role of muti-culturalism and cultural relativism as an obstacle for the achievement of the separation of religion from the state. I will conclude with a case study that demonstrates the difference between the life of an individual in a secular and one in a non -secular society.

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Homa Arjomand

Speech delivered on Wednesday September 15, 2004 at Media Conference “Make my community Safe” End sexual violence. 

I am pleased to be among you today. I am confident that the campaign, “Make my Community Safe,” launched by the OCRCC will strengthen the battle to eliminate sexual violence and that is a positive move towards building a better society for all. I encourage everyone to participate actively in supporting not only this campaign, but all campaigns of this nature.  

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July 21, 2004

 Report of Meeting with Marion Boyd Regarding Shari’a Court in Canada

On Thursday July 15, 2004, Homa Arjomand, Co-ordinator of the International Campaign Against Shari’a Court in Canada was called to a meeting with Marion Boyd regarding concerns about Shari’a court in Canada. Marian Boyd has been appointed by Premier Dalton McGuinty to review the 1991 Arbitration Act  

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April 2004 - Report of meeting of Representatives of “The International Campaign Against Sharia Court In Canada” with Hon Sandra Pupatello,

On April 14, Homa Arjomand , Coordinator of “The International  Campaign Against Shari'a Court in Canada” arranged a meeting with Ms. Sandra Pupatello, Minister of Community and Social Services and Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues. The following representatives were present at the meeting:

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March 2004- Report of meeting of Representatives of “The International

Campaign Against Sharia Court In Canada” with Hon John Gregory and his counsel Anne Marie Predko

On March 25th Homa Arjomand the coordinator of “the International Campaign against Sharia Court in Canada” arranged a meeting with Mr. John Gregory the crown Counsel of Ministry of the Attorney General.

At this meeting 

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Homa Arjomand

Adapted from the speech delivered by Homa Arjomand at the panel discussion & debate on

“The Sharia courts and women’s rights in Canada” on March 7th 2004 in Toronto – Canada.

 

Universal rights of women irrespective of where they come from can not be achieved without a stiff resistance. The history proved that the norm and standard of modern society depend on an ongoing struggle for social progress, freedom, equality and justice. Thanks to women’s rights’ movements all restrictive and backward cultural, moral codes and customs which contradicted women’s independence; and all laws and regulations which restricted women’s right; and sexual discrimination have disappeared from the text of modern society.

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Maryam Namazie

 

The following a speech prepared for the International Women’s Day panel on a Sharia Court in Canada in Toronto. Mar 7, 2004

 

Islamic [In]Justice

On the establishment of an Islamic Court in Canada

 

The ‘Islamic Institute of Civil Justice’ or what has become known as the Sharia Court has been heralded by proponents as a multicultural way of determining personal and family disputes for those who ‘choose’ to abide by Sharia law in Ontario, Canada. We are told it will promote ‘minority rights’ and that it is equitable, tolerant, and fair. We are told that if it is not established, the ‘Muslim minority’ will be marginalized and discriminated against. That anything less is racism pure and simple.

 

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Shari’a, A Threat to the Canadian Society
by Elka Enola


Islam, like all religions, has adherents ranging from fundamentalists who take every written word of their ancient religious texts as the literal contemporary truth, to people who are almost secular and who are fully integrated into the wider society of their nation state.

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Homa Arjomand's Biography by TVO in Canada

Ms. Homa Arjomand participates on a panel debating faith-based arbitrations in Ontario

Ms. Homa Arjomand questions Ms. Marion Boyd about the lack of protection for human rights in the Arbitration Act of 1991.  

   

Ms. Homa Arjomand was the guest speaker at the Annual Meeting of  METRAC.

Ms. Homa Arjomand spoke about the victims of Sharia Law at a members meeting of the Humanist Association of Toronto on October 15th, 2004

Ms. Homa Arjomand was the guest speaker for the monthly dinner of the "University Women's Club of Toronto on October 14th, 2004.

Demonstrations against sharia court in Canad

Sweden of demonstrations against sharia court

Homa Arjomand in CBC & IQ TV 

August 11/04
Protesters Meet with Government

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interviewed by the CBC Radio

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Ms. Homa Arjomand speech 
at the demo 
commemorates 
"8th of July, 1990 Student Uprising  in Iran"

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Speeches in Farsi in July 8th meeting:

Homa Arjomand 817kb

Mohsen Ebrahimi 1.6MB

  Homa Arjomand in CBC, video clip, 3MB  

 

Implementation of the Sharia law in Canada, a Speech by Homa Arjomand in Ottawa