The International Campaign Against Sharia Court in Canada

Campaign's Co-ordinator: Homa Arjomand - - Ph: +1 416 737 9500



Cultural Bridges Association                       The International Campaign For One Secular School System

 June 20/2019

Please Join us to Celebrating Dissent Festival (

When: August 31 – September 1

Where: Amsterdam.

I  am looking forward to seeing you all.  Your present at this historic Festival will strengthen our movement for freedom of thought and secularism.


31 AUGUST 2019

11:00: A Conversation on Women’s Dissent with Inna Shevchenko, Maryam Namazie, Taslima Nasrin and Zineb El Razoui. Music by Shelley Segal. Protest Art  by Victoria Guggenheim.

14:00: Touching the Holy Subject with Nadia El Fani, Saif Ul Malook and Sarah Haider. Music by Veedu Vidz.

16:00: Comedy, the Sacred and Islamophobia with Shabana Rehman, Ali Rizvi and Armin Nabavi.

19:00: Separation of Religion from the State with Afsana Lachaux, Annie Laurie Gaylor, Homa Arjomand and Marieme Helie Lucas.

21:00: Women against Gods with Gita Sahgal, Houzan Mahmoud, Ibtissame Betty Lachgar, Mineke Schipper and Rana Ahmad. Performance by Atoosa Farahmand.


10:00: Film Screening Neither Allah Nor Master by Nadia El Fani followed by a conversation with Hind Bariaz, Ismail Mohamed, Karrar Al Asfoor, Wissam Charafeddine and Zara Kay.

12:00: Film Screening No Longer without You by Nazmiyeh Oral followed by a conversation with Cemal Knudsen Yucel, Fauzia Ilyas, Mimzy Vidz, Omar Makram, Zehra Pala and Sohail Ahmad.

16:00: On Identity with Kenan Malik, Harris Sultan, Jimmy Bangash, Rahila Gupta and Yasmin Rehman. Poetry by Halima Salat.

20:00: Neither Silenced nor Abused with Maryam Namazie, Mohamed Hisham, Muhammed Syed, Rishvin Ismath, Sadia Hameed and Sami Abdullah. Music by Shelley Segal. Poetry by Halima Salat.

There will also be artwork by Mahshad Afshar and Jenny Wenhammar.

 Tickets for individual events are now available on De Balie’s website. Please publicize this event far and wide.  


Hope to see you all,

Homa Arjomand



April 29th/2019

Statement from Homa Arjomand on Quebec ban on religion symbols


April 29th/2019

Statement from Homa Arjomand on Quebec ban on religion symbols

Quebec ban on religion symbols is a very positive move towards equal treatment of all residents without any discrimination base on religion. It will make government religiously neutral. It will for sure bring people together for better and progressive social and cultural norms. this move would lay the foundation for the realization and protection of the widest individual and civil rights. It would play an important role in creating progressive improvement, in areas of political, civil and welfare rights. It would flourish this notion that all residents of Quebec have equal rights and puts a heavy duty on Quebec government to ensure these rights are not under any attack.

What can we do?

We need to pay attention to humanity irrespective of individual’s ethnicity, race, gender, and religion. And Bill 21 is the first step forwards this direction.

Humanity need to carry the flag of separation of religion from state. Bear in mind that secularism is not a weapon against freedom of religion. In fact it defends freedom of religion while ensuring that religion remains a private matter for individuals.

Our unity and support of Quebec ban on religion symbols Bill 21 will bring peace and harmony, among all residents. It will vanish any discrimination based on religion.

I am confident that soon this move of Quebec will rise in the rest of Canada.

Speech of Homa Arjomand before Senate

Speech by


Homa Arjomand

At Queen’s Park
Toronto, Canada

Concerning Bill 27


 On Monday, January 16th, 2006



Good morning I want to thank you for giving me this opportunity to address this hearing on Bill 27.


My name is Homa Arjomand and I am the Coordinator of the International Campaign Against Sharia Court in Canada.


I am very pleased to appear at this hearing and to comment on some of the proposed amendments to the Arbitration Act of 1991, the Child and Family Services Act, the Family Law Act and the Children’s Law Reform Act.


During my speech I will give you some background information about myself and my work, why and how my fellow activists and I organized the opposition to faith-based arbitration in Ontario and lastly our views about some of the proposed amendments.



My Background


Prior to my arrival in Canada, I was a lecturer, and a human and women’s rights activist in Iran. While living in Iran I saw the rise of political Islam and with it the application of Sharia law.


The rise of Political Islam pushed back the women’s liberation movement in Iran and lowered the standards of that society by legalizing gender apartheid and by enforcing religious family laws that openly discriminate against women and children.


As the power of political Islam grew in Iran I witnessed the execution of all my fellow activists and let me repeat …all of my friends were executed for their belief and work in human and women’s rights issues in Iran.


My husband and I, along with our two children, one was an infant, were forced to flee Iran by horseback to Turkey in the winter of 1989, there, I worked for the United Nations and witnessed  even more of what political Islam did to women and Human’s  rights activists in the Middle East.


Discrimination and gender-based persecution in areas of marriage, divorce, Child custody and so on are in fact reasons why many women flee the societies which are ruled by Political Islam and seek refuge in Canadaand the West.


We too came to Canada in December 1990, believing we would never again lose the principles and laws that humankind has fought for over the past two centuries, namely the principles of equality for all, women’s rights, children’s rights, freedom of speech and assembly, freedom of belief, as well as the right to citizenship in a secular society.


For the past 12 years I have worked as a transitional counselor for abused women in Canada. Many of my clients come from so called Muslim communities. I help these women and children to escape abusive and often dangerous family situations and to start a new life in a safe and secure home.


In my work I often see the unfair treatment of women and children when they use faith-based arbitration. Most of these women receive very little in the way of financial support and often have no right to see their children. Sometimes after a divorce, the father will send his children particularly the girls back to his home country to be raised by a family member and then push them to marry at a very young age even though they are Canadian Citizens.



A Summary of the Campaign


On October 23rd, 2003, Mr. Syed Mumtaz Ali, President of the Canadian Society of Muslims announced the opening of the Islamic Institute of Civil Justice. In his announcement, Mr. Ali said that to be a ‘good Muslim’, you must use Sharia law for family legal matters. This political statement was not only coercive but also a direct threat to devout Muslims who prefer to use Canadian laws.


Mr. Ali’s statement shocked me because his proposal had nothing to do with someone’s personal belief; it was in fact … very political. He claimed his legal authority was based on Ontario law. Through my work as a transitional counselor, I was well aware that faith-based arbitrations were occurring. However, I had wrongly assumed it was being practiced illegally, behind closed doors.


At the time I did not believe that Canada would permit arbitration of family legal matters based on religious laws. However, when I investigated further, I discovered that in the Arbitration Act of 1991, Article 32, Conflict of Laws, did indeed permit family arbitrations to be based on religious laws. This discovery saddened and worried me and other activists. To us, as experienced defenders of women and children’s rights, the Arbitration Act of 1991 provided a green light for political Islam to widen its reach and tighten its grip on the lives of Muslims living in Canada. We felt it was our duty to inform the Canadian public of this threat to their freedoms.



All of us were motivated by a common concern that political Islam was trying to expand in Canada by promoting the use of family arbitrations based on Sharia law. We were sure that the rise of Sharia court in Canadawas not just a coincident. It was part of a global move of political Islam.


We decided to take action and our purpose was to assure there was one law for all and that law should be the Family Law Act of Ontario.


Our campaign started in Toronto on October 30th, 2003 with a handful of supporters, and today it has grown to a coalition of 183 organizations from 14 countries with over a thousand activists, who volunteer their time and skills.


Similar movements to end the use of Sharia law exist in other countries such as England, France, Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands and so on. The activists in these countries are watching closely, very closely in fact, to see how Ontario decides on this issue.


Recently some of the honorable members here have said that there was little or no public debate on the issue of faith-based arbitration. I find this claim surprising since our campaign was a very public effort and Ms. Boyd’s inquiry consulted a broad spectrum of the concerned public and the faith communities. We all had a fair chance to make our views known to the government and to the press.


Our campaign supporters wrote and called their Members of Parliament, they organized hundreds of public protests and meetings, handed out flyers, conducted polls, issued press releases and participated in debates across the country including a few at the University of Toronto.


Quite often I debated with activists from the Muslim and Jewish communities who were in favour of faith-based arbitrations. These events were well attended by the public and were widely reported in the Canadian and international press.


My colleagues and I, as well as our opponents were interviewed by the press on a regular basis. On average I personally responded to at least a dozen interviews each week from Canadian and international journalists. Some of the news agencies that interviewed me were CBC, CTV, OMNI, TVO, BBC, Toronto Star, Globe and Mail etc.


In May 2005, we conducted a poll in Ontario which found that 76% of both men and women agreed with the statement “all Ontarians should be governed only by the family laws and courts of Ontario.. When it came to provincial voting intentions, NDP voters showed the most support for the family laws and courts of Ontario at 81%, followed closely by the Liberals at 76% and the Conservatives at 74%.


This past August we brought Dutch politician Ayaan Hirsi Ali to Canada to speak at the University of Toronto about Political Islam and Sharia law. We also showed her film “Submission”, which is about the treatment of women in Islam. Over 400 people attended the Friday night event to hear her speak, to ask questions and to see her film. 66 news organizations attended our press conference that night.


Today over 28,000 people are on our email list, 12,000 of them are from Canada and most of them are from Ontario. 11,659  people signed our petition to end Sharia law in Ontario. The petition as well as many of the media interviews can be seen on our website,



Our Views on Some of the Amendments


In general my fellow activists and I are pleased with the proposed amendments.

I will comment on some of them now…


  • Section 2.1 of the Arbitration Act now clearly states “family arbitrations, family arbitration agreements and family arbitration awards are governed by this Act and the Family Law Act.” We are very pleased with this amendment. 

  • Section 32 of the Arbitration Act concerning Conflict of Laws, now clearly states, “In a family arbitration, the arbitral shall apply the substantive law of Ontario…”   This change corrects the heart of the matter and ends the use of religious laws for family arbitrations. We are most pleased with this amendment.


  • Section 45 of the Arbitration Act now provides an opportunity to appeal a family arbitration award to the Family Court or the Superior Court of Justice. The right of appeal was not available before, and we are very pleased with this amendment.


  • Section 50.1 of the Arbitration Act clearly states, “Family Arbitration awards are enforceable only under the Family Law Act.” We are very pleased with this amendment.


  • The addition of Section 58 to the Arbitration Act concerning regulations is welcomed. We look forward to reviewing the details of these regulations which will be developed by Lieutenant Governor in Council.

    We hope the new regulations will achieve the following results:


Ø       establish training and professional standards for arbitrators  

Ø       establish effective, accurate, full and prompt reporting methods

Ø       enable arbitrators to conduct family arbitrations in a timely manner

Ø       define the accountability of the arbitrators

Ø       provide an opportunity to review an arbitrator’s performance on a regular basis and if needed withdraw an arbitrator’s official approval


  • Clause 72, of the Child and Family Services Act, concerning Duty to Report, now includes mediators and arbitrators. We are very pleased with this amendment. This amendment is a good start at protecting our most vulnerable citizens – our children.




Closing Remarks


I will conclude my speech by saying, the politically diverse members of our campaign, all the people who came to Canada from so called Islamic countries and all the people who struggle for a better life here, need and expect you to pass Bill 27.


We believe this Bill will end the interference of religion in our justice system and it will empower battered immigrant women, give security to our children and will protect “equal rights for all”, regardless of race, religion, gender of ethnic background.



Thank you!



Homa Arjomand





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

Ontario passes new law
family legal arbitrations must now use Canadian law


Letters from all organization in support of Campagn

for one secular family court system for all residents on Canada.

Letters to Homa Arjomand

Coordinator of International Campaign Against Sharia Court in Canada

 Speech at the 17th Annual International Conference of the Iranian Women’s Studies Foundation (IWSF)

Obstacles of the Women’s Movement for Freedom

Political Islam strikes back - Dutch revoke citizenship of Ayaan Hirsi Ali

16-5: Press Release Hirsi Ali

Sweden, Another victory for secular movement April 28, 2006!

"The International Campaign Against Sharia Court in Canada", right from the beginning announced that the move for interfering with state by the Islamists is a universal move and must be resisted by all the defender of the human rights. Once more we need to defend secularism which is the total separation of religion from the state and education.  We need to turn religion into a private matter of individuals where a person’s religion does not enter the picture in defining their social and political identity.

We congratulate Swedish people for their firm stand, “We will not have separate laws in Sweden. In Sweden, we are all equal before the law. In Sweden, we have fought for a long time to achieve gender-neutral laws, and to propose that certain groups should not be treated like others is completely unacceptable." stated the integration and equality minister Jens Orback.


 Visual Report

Speech of Homa Arjomand on International Women’s Day “Never Forget Hatun!

Campaign against Honour Kinning” March 8th 2006

 A political campaign is needed to end honor killing

Happy International Women’s Day, The International Campaign against Sharia Court in Canada in conjunction with the Committee against Stoning and Women’s Liberation are hosting this conference in order to announce a political campaign entitled “Never Forget Hatun!”.

Never Forget Hatun!

Campaign against Honour killing



Apology over the caricatures of Mohammad will persuade Islamic movement towards their agenda.

The root of today’s new row of outcry over the caricatures of Mohammad must be sought in Yesterday’s coquet of the western leaders to Islamists movement.



Report on Globalization of Political Islam; Women’s Rights

In commemoration of Fadime Shahindal, victim of honour killings


Visual Report

Homa Arjomand’s interview with GP Goteborg against honour killing in support of integration at the conference of “white Carnations”  in commemoration of Fadima Shahindal who was a victim of honour killing.

women activist in Bahrain

Speech by Homa Arjomand At Queen’s Park Toronto, Canada Concerning Bill 27
On Monday, January 16th, 2000


   Visual Report on Homa Arjomand receiving the Toronto Humanist of the Year award 

Film           Pictures

January 13, 2006

Re- the annual Toronto Humanist of the Year award

 Dear Michael Schulman,

It is an honour to be selected as “the annual Toronto Humanist of the Year award”.  This action from your organization not only provides me energy and strength to continue the fight for secularism but also will strengthen the forefront of the people’s ranks that are fighting to push back religious values through unequivocal defence of human values. 

For this reason I admire your stroke and I am proud for being chosen as Toronto Humanist of the year award.


 Family Statutes Law Amendment Bill English     French1 #2

Film Speech in Sweden Nov 29, 06 Programme 2

Speech in Paris October 24,2005 

Sharia Law and globalization of political Islam

Media coverage on the Tour of The Globalization of Political Islam

Marseille Actualite October, 28,2005

French flyer

Societe, Communautarisme October 28, 2005

Leprogres, October 27, 2005

Lyon's paper October, 2005

Leprogres, Lyon, October 26, 2005

Metro, Homa in Lyon, October 25, 2005 Paris October 25, 2005

DeTelegraaf, Amsterdam, October 24, 2005


Homa Arjomand, contre la charia au Canada

LE MONDE | 21.10.05 | 13h47  •  Mis à jour le 21.10.05 | 13h47  More

Visual Report on Tour of Homa Arjomand in Europe


From Left, Mina Ahadi, Homa Arjomand, Shahnaz Moratab



AvecAnne Zelensky LDF Ligue du Droit des Femnes    Yvette Roudy Ministre on Women's Issue

Homa, ATTACK Dessene Clark, Jocelyne Clarke                   Press Conference historical place where Jaurès was assassinated

Sihem Habchi Vice-President Ni Putes Ni Soumises  Fadela Amara President NPNS, Homa, Sihem Habchi



Homaand Nicole Thuet, President du Collectif 13Doits des femmes   Homa and Judith Martin-Razi Coordinator due Collectif 13 droits

Homaand Nicole Thuet, President du Collectif 13Doits des femmes

Sharia Law

The Globalization of Political Islam

 and women’s rights

A series of speeches are held for Homa Arjomand in Europe.

October 19, 05   London, England Time: 6:00 PM Where: Conway Hall

October 21, 05 Frankfurt, Germany  Time: 5:00PM Where: Frankfurt University

October 23, 05  Amsterdam, Netherlands Time: 1:00 PM  Where:  Zondag 23 oktober ’05,

Stadhouderskade 89, 1073 AV AMSTERDAM

October 24,05  Paris, France  press conference:time 11:15-12:45 Speech:at 6:00PM

October 26,05   Lyon, France Press conference in Lyon will be at 11 am on October 26th

Speech:Time: 6:00PM  Where: Le Jardin d'Elles 332 rue Garibaldi 69007

October 27, 05 Marseille, France

October 29   Stockholm, Sweden Time:11:00 AM  Where: Folkets Hus Arsta

For more Information please contact:

London, England,  Azar Majedi:

Frankford, Germany, Mina Ahadi & Morattabb 00491729716227

Amsterdam, Netherlands,Perisa: 003164661414, Fereshteh Moradi:0031653927059

France,Lyon Michèle Vianès, 06 10 39 94 87 or  , Paris Jocelyne Clarke Secretary-general of the UFAL 06 84 56 13 60,Collectif droits des femmes Marseille

Stockholm,Mahin Alipour at 0046707777313 or

Media Response


Aljazeera Net, Globe and Mail 12/09/05,   London Free Pres,  CBC NEWS, The Brandon Sun, Toronto Now, National Post , Columbia Daily Tribune,

Elle Magazine,  Globe and Mail,  Chicago Sun-Times, Toronto Star,  National Post  Toronto Sun, Globe and Mail sept,8th, WeNews Correspopondent

Join us to the celebrate

the victory achieved for

"there will be no Shariah law in Ontario.
There will be no religious arbitration in Ontario.
There will be one law for all Ontarians."
Dalton McGuinty September 11, 2005

The International campaign against Sharia court in Canada invites all to this  joyful event.

 Date: Saturday, September 17, 2005

For a Potluck Dinner

Special Guests, Music, Dance

Our special Guests

Michele Vianes President of the Paris-based group Regards de Femmes, is        leading the fight against sharia law and political Islam in France.

SAlly Armstrong,Human rights activist, documentary filmmaker and award-winning author Sally Armstrong was editor-in-chief of Homemaker's magazine from 1988 to 1999.

Address:  Cecil Community Centre,58 Cecil St., Toronto Map

(1 block south of College St. on the east of Spadina Avenue.)

Time:                       7:00 PM

Admission:                $15, or you may donate as you wish

All Donations will be gratefully accepted,
thank you.

For more information please contact 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 rejects Ontario's use of Shariah law and all religious arbitrations

Keith Leslie

Canadian Press

September 11, 2005                                         

TORONTO (CP) - Ontario will not become the first Western jurisdiction to allow the use of a set of centuries' old religious rules called Shariah law to settle Muslim family disputes, and will ban all religious arbitrations in the province, Premier Dalton McGuinty told The Canadian Press on Sunday.

In a telephone interview with the national news agency, McGuinty announced his government would move quickly to outlaw existing religious tribunals used for years by Christians and Jews under Ontario's Arbitration Act.

"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.

"Ontarians will always have the right to seek advice from anyone in matters of family law, including religious advice," he said. "But no longer will religious arbitration be deciding matters of family law."

Last December, a report from former NDP attorney general Marion Boyd recommended the province allow and regulate Shariah arbitrations much the same way it does Christian and Jewish tribunals, setting off a firestorm of protests.

Homa Arjomand, the women's rights activist who organized a series of protests across Canada and Europe last Thursday to convince McGuinty to abandon Shariah, was elated when she heard the news late Sunday.

"I think our voice got heard loud and clear, and I thank the government for coming out with no faith-based arbitrations," said Arjomand. "Oh, I am so happy. That was the best news I have ever heard for the past five years."



Don't ghettoize women's rights

Margaret Atwood, Maude Barlow, June Callwood, Shirley Douglas, Michele Landsberg, Flora MacDonald, Margaret Norrie McCain, Maureen McTeer, Sonja Smits, Lois Wilson

In support of the “No Religious Arbitration Coalition”

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Dear Mr. McGuinty:

An important tenet of Canadian democracy hangs in the balance of your response to the matter of religious arbitration in the province of Ontario. While many Canadians may assume that we are all governed by one system of laws, created by publicly elected officials who are accountable to the electorate, your government is poised to shift the ground under this cornerstone of liberal democracy.

 While our public system of law is not always perfect, it is designed to recognize the realities of all citizens and is open to public scrutiny and improvement. Such is not the case with private systems of law, such as religious laws.

The public may identify this issue from media reports as "Sharia law in Ontario," but they, and you, need to understand that this is a matter of the formal separation of all religious matters from the business of the state. This is in no way an infringement on religious freedom, which we endorse as an equally important tenet of Canadian democracy. Religion should simply remain an important part of the lives of citizens but not of public law.


Friday, September 9th, 2005


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

‘…no binding family arbitration in Ontario…
or laws that discriminate against women’ says Attorney General Michael Bryant

TORONTO – “The government is definitely heading in the right direction”, said Ms. Homa Arjomand, Coordinator of the International Campaign Against Sharia Court in Canada, “I hope this statement by the Attorney General means he will soon bring an end to faith-based courts in Ontario”.


    Visual Report on September 8th The    




Toronto Press Conference

   from left to right Homa Arjomand,  Elka Ruth Enola, June Callwood, Sally Armstrong 

Toronto Speakers


                Victoria                   Ottawa


                    Netherlands               Sweden       


 Thursday, September 8th, 2005


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

Sharia law protesters to demonstrate
at Queen’s Park and Parliament Hill on September 8th, 12pm

June Callwood, Sally Armstrong, Tarek Fateh, Maureen McTeer and Homa Arjomand are some of the featured speakers…

TORONTO – “On Tuesday Premiere McGuinty said women’s rights ‘will not be compromised’ if Ontario allows Muslims to use Sharia law to settle family legal matters such as divorce and child custody. How does the Premier know this? Has he ever talked to the Muslim women who live in the religious communities where they follow Sharia and are under the control of Mullahs and Imams?”, said Ms. Homa Arjomand, Coordinator of the International Campaign Against Sharia Court in Canada.

“The Premiere wouldn’t meet with us, but I hope he’ll come to our protest where he’ll hear what really happens in a Canadian Sharia court.” said Ms. Arjomand. “How many more children, some as young as thirteen, will be forced to marry in Ontario? How many more Muslim women will be forced to surrender their children… or to pay their husbands thousands of dollars to get a religious divorce so they can remarry in their faith?, she added.

Three arbitration victims were scheduled to speak

“We’re very disappointed because we had to cancel the speeches of three Muslim women who were abused by Sharia courts in Canada… they wanted to tell their stories but the shelter services in Ontario were unable assure them security and housing.” … maybe Premiere McGuinty can get them safe homes so they can tell their stories?” said Ms. Arjomand.

Please don't forget your umbrella!





It has been a year since the International Campaign against Sharia Court in Canada, called for a day of protest, nationally and internationally, against faith based courts in Ontario. The protestors wanted the Ontario to remove family law  from the 1991 Arbitration Act.

The Campaign worked hard to inform the general public and the ministries in charge about the high risks of permitting Sharia courts in Ontario.

Unfortunately, despite all the warnings, the government of Ontario has not  taken a clear position to  prevent the interference of religious institutions in  the judicial system.

The Second International Demonstration opposing Sharia and all faith based       courts in Ontario will be held on September 8th, 2005.

  Flyer         France       German

London Gay Group to Join Protest Against Sharia Law in Canada

  Sharia protesters target Canada       Globe & Mail, August 31,05

Groups to fight Ontario's tribunal plan in cities across Europe next month

By Marina Jimenez                                More

Unfree Under Islam, By Ayaan Hirsi Ali,16,08,05 

at Toronto Sharia conference Media Coverage August 12, 2005

 National Post          Toronto Star         

Visual  Report on Aug 12, 2005 Conference in Toronto


Report on August 12th conference by an observer

Over 400 People attend Toronto Sharia conference despite three changes of venue, no proper ticket selling process and heavy security.

Featuring Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Irshad Manji and Homa Arjomand

TORONTO - Canada, August 12th, 2005 – Over 400 people filled the ‘Earth Sciences Centre’ at the University of Toronto on August 12th. Despite three changes of venue leaving less than a week  to sell tickets with no proper ticket selling process, People eagerly came to hear three brave women speak about how Sharia law is used to oppress Muslim women in Canada, Holland and around the world.


Dear Campaign Partner,

Thank you for all your hard work and tireless commitment to help make the ‘Toronto Conference on Sharia Law and the Globalization of Political Islam’ a huge success. Over 400 people attended the conference and sixty-six members of the media came out to cover this story. I could not do this conference alone, I appreciate so much each one of you and value greatly the time and skills you contributed to make this event a success.

Together we have sent a clear message to Queen’s Park – “NO Sharia in Canada”

And I believe, one day soon we will see the end of Sharia law in Ontario.


Homa Arjomand


International Campaign Against Sharia Court in Canada

August 12, 2005

 Homa Arjomand


Speech on  Sharia Law and the Globalization of Political Islam

I am very pleased to be here amongst you all, next to Ayaan Hersi Ali and Irshad Manji.  It is hard to find opportunities such as this; to be able to share the idea of having a better life for all and identify with the supporters in an audience such as yourselves.  So I will make the most of these moments by giving the focus of this discussion to the topic of this conference, Sharia Law and the Globalization of Political Islam.

I need to emphasize that I am talking about political Islam as a movement. As a movement it is very active in politics and is after its own state.  Other aspects such as culture and laws serve its political desire and its political needs


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

Ayaan Hrsi Ali to speak at Toronto Sharia law conference, August 12th

Press conference begins at 6:30pm

Together Theo van Gogh, Ayaan Hrsi Ali made the 2004 film ‘Submission’ about the oppression of women in Islamic cultures. Dutch Muslims criticized the film for being disgraceful and blasphemous. Van Gogh was murdered by Mohammed Bouyeri on November, 2nd, 2004. Ayaan now lives under police protection in a safe house in the Netherlands.

Time Magazine named Ayaan one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2005.


Declaration on Religious Arbitration in Family Law

The following groups and organizations have come together out of concern for the application of any religious laws in family matters using the Arbitration Act in Ontario, pursuant to Marion Boyd’s report entitled Protecting Choice, Promoting Inclusion.



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.



Should Faith-Based Arbitrations be Permitted in Ontario ?

 Resolution 04-11-01

 To Remove Family Law
 from the Arbitration Act of

WHEREAS, the Arbitration Act of 1991 was created to reduce the time and cost for business to settle international disputes regarding business and property through a private court or Tribunal;

 WHEREAS, prior to the passage of the Arbitration Act, a religious group approached the government and requested permission to use the Arbitration Act to resolve family legal matters based on their religious customs and law;


Secularism Now

Modern and Progressive

Social and Cultural Norms:

 I have chosen “Modern and Progressive Social and Cultural Norms” as the topic of my speech as I think these phenomena have become an area of importance and have become a battlefield across the world. This can be viewed as two antagonistic poles confronting each other:  One being progressive and supporting modern secular advancements in society; and the other being reactionary and focusing on preserving backward standards and beliefs. 


Monday, July 4th, 2005


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

NDP says “arbitration has no place in family law”

TORONTO, Canada – In a statement published on their website, the provincial NDP party has called on the Liberal government to end the use of arbitration for family legal matters.

“Ontario New Democrats believe …there is sufficient evidence to conclude arbitration has no place in family law.”


Excellent news!!!

Queen's Park puts off decision on Islamic law's role in family cases

Lee Greenberg

National Post

Monday, June 13, 2005

An anticipated decision on the future of shariah law in Ontario will likely
be postponed. Attorney-General Michael Bryant backed off his original June
21 deadline to introduce changes to the province's arbitration laws."There's
no hard and fast dates," he said in an interview. "We want to make sure that
we do this in a timely fashion, but we want to make sure that we get it
right." Currently the province's arbitration system allows any beliefs --
including religious doctrine -- to govern family disputes. Liberal MPP
Jean-Marc Lalonde said he met a Tunisian parliamentarian who told him he was
monitoring Ontario's decision." They're scared," he said. "They're paying
attention to what Ontario's going to do."

Interview regarding Struggle of women in Iran



 Another Victory!

 The battle continues  for total separation of Religion from State in Canada

Quebec rejects introduction of Sharia law into legal system in the province QUEBEC (CP) - Quebec has rejected the use of Islamic tribunals, which can be used to settle family disputes, in the province. In a unanimous vote Thursday, the Quebec legislature passed a motion against allowing Sharia law to be used in the legal system.


Saturday, May 28th, 2004


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

Quebec’s decision to ban Sharia court is a victory for all defenders of human rights

“We expect that Ontario should do the same”

TORONTO, Canada – “We are very pleased, and to be honest it’s a cause for celebration when we heard that Quebec has upheld human rights for all its citizens… we expect that Ontario should do the same”, said Homa Arjomand, Coordinator of the International Campaign Against Sharia Court in Canada.


YWCA Toronto Supports Quebec Decision on Religious Arbitration

    TORONTO, May 27 /CNW/ - YWCA Toronto welcomes the decision of the Quebec
Legislature to reject the introduction of Sharia tribunals as a substitute for

Family Law Courts                                           


CCMW Welcomes Quebec Motion on Sharia Law 

Toronto, May 27, 2005 – The Canadian Council of Muslim Women welcomes the motion passed unanimously in the Quebec legislature on May 26/05



We demand the Canadian Government to break all its diplomatic relations with the Iranian regime for its heinous state crime!

An Iranian-Canadian journalist Zahra Kazemi was brutally murdered.


Request for a meeting with The Honourable Irwin Cotler,Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada


Inaction on Kazemi poses journalistic threat - CEP

For immediate release                                                                           April 5, 2005

Canadian journalists working abroad are being left open to harassment and physical danger by the federal government's refusal to take strong action against Iran over the murder of photojournalist Zahara Kazemi, says Canada's largest media union.

Peter Murdoch, Media Vice President of the 160,000 member Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, called the Canadian government's inaction " a direct threat to journalists and journalistic freedom."

"The latest revelations about the treatment of Ms. Kazemi are enough, in our view, for the Canadian government to recall our ambassador from Iran, to expel the Iranian ambassador to Canada and to pursue criminal charges at the International Court of Justice," Mr. Murdoch said. 



Australia, and a victory for secular movement

Another attempt of Islamists' movement was defeated!

The Campaign Against Sharia Court in Canada, right from beginning announced that the move for establishing sharia court in Canada by Islamists is a universal attempt.

We informed the public by emphasizing on the fact that this move is making some progress because of all the help and great source of financial support, receiving from governments and parties on power.


Homa Arjomand


 The International Campaign against Sharia Court in Canada expects the Canadian Government to break all its diplomatic relation with the Iranian Regime for its heinous state crime!

An Iranian-Canadian journalist Zahra Kazemi was brutally murdered. Her “crime” was preparing a report of the political prisoners’ families who were protesting outside of a prison in Tehran. According to Dr. Azam, who was present at the emergency hospital, Zahra Kazemi was savagely beaten, had bruises  all over her body, had her fingernails pulled out, fingers broken, was raped and her skull was fractured. She was deeply unconscious.


Speech at panel discussion with Marion Boyd at Law Union, Toronto

Religious laws contradict the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.   Separation of Religion and state is mandatory in order to guarantee an equal and just society for all.   

We are told that religious arbitrators will promote “minority rights”  and to be more specific it will ensure minority’s religious rights. What is missing here are the rights of individuals within that group. What about the rights of my client “Nasrin” who was pulled out of school and forced to an arranged marriage?


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.


Monday, December 20th,  2004



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:


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.


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. 


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.  


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  


A Meeting to Discuss Shari'a Court in Ontario


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:


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 


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.


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.



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.


Boyd Report

Homa Arjomand's Biography by TVO in Canada

Speech of Homa Arjomand

before Senate

Homa Arjomand on Shafia Family

Honor Killing

Humanist of the Year 2006 award at the HAC 30th annual Conference

Speech of Homa Arjomand on International Women’s Day “Never Forget Hatun!

Speech of Ayaan Hirsi Ali on conference Never Forget Hatun



In commemoration of Fadime Shahindal, victim of honour killings


Visual Report

Visual Report on Homa Arjomand receiving the Toronto Humanist of the Year award  Film & picture     More

Visual Report on Tour of Homa Arjomand in Europe


Mina Ahadi, Homa Arjomand, Shahnaz Moratab


Homa Arjomand, Avec Anne Zelencky, Mina Ahadi

Yvette Roudy Ministre on Women's Issue

ATTACK Dessene

 Press Conference historical place where Jaurès was assassinated

Sihem Habchi Vice-President Ni Putes Ni Soumises

Fadela Amara President "NPN", Homa, Sihem Habchi



Homa and Judith Martin-Razi Coordinator due Collectif 13

Homaand Nicole Thuet, President du Collectif 13Doits des femmes

Homa, Nicole and Angelique schaller Journalist a "La Marseillaise"

Homa, Judith and Angelique


from left to right Homa Arjomand,  Elka Ruth Enola, June Callwood, Sally Armstrong press conference September 8th,2005

Homa on CBC July 2005

Letters of congratulations to Maryam Namazie for winning Secularist of the Year

Sept 8,2005, Queen's Park 

June Callwood

Sept 8th,05, Queen's Park,

Sally Armstrong

Sept 8,05, Queen's Park  

ُُSpeech of Homa Arjomand

SEPT 8,  2005    QUEEN’S PARK    Elka Ruth Enola

Sept8,2005 Paris

Speech of Azar Majedi

Sept 8,2005, Queens Park Amanda Dale

September 8th,2005 demonstration

Visual  Report on Aug 12, 2005 Conference in Toronto

Speech at Status of Woman, Committee's Solidarity, Brantford, Ont - April 20, 05

Speech at the Kitchener Waterloo Cambridge Gulph Humanists

April 9th, 2005


Zahra Kazemi

Speech at panel discussion with Marion Boyd at Law Union, Toronto

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.

demo parT1.jpg

Demonstrations against sharia court in Canada

Sweden of demonstrations against sharia court

Homa Arjomand in CBC & IQ TV 

August 11/04
Protesters Meet with Government


interviewed by the CBC Radio


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


Speeches in Farsi in July 8th meeting:

Homa Arjomand 817kb

Mohsen Ebrahimi 1.6MB


Homa Arjomand in CBC, video clip, 3MB

Homa announcing the International

Campaign Against Sharia Court in Canada



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