On Monday 28 April 2014 the Lawyers’ Secular Society took part in the protest against the Law Society’s recent practice note on “Sharia succession rules”, outside the Law Society’s offices in Chancery Lane, London. (The Law Society is yet to respond to the LSS’s open letter of 24 April 2014 (PDF) challenging their decision to issue the practice note.)
It was a fantastic event, with great speakers, including:
– Maryam Namazie of One Law For All
– Pragna Patel of Southall Black Sisters
– Chris Moos and Abhishek Phadnis of the LSE Students Union Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Society
– The comedian and activist Kate Smurthwaite
– Dianna Niammi of the Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation
– The human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell
LSS Secretary Charlie Klendjian spoke at the protest and finished by directing his message to the leadership of the Law Society and saying: “Mr President, tear down your sharia guidance now”.
The LSS is very grateful to the legal commentator Carl Gardner for recording the speeches, and indeed to all journalists, activists and supporters who have helped raise the profile of this crucial campaign.
Commenting, LSS Secretary Charlie Klendjian said:
“The LSS is delighted to have campaigned alongside such inspiring speakers and it is particularly grateful to Chris Moos and Maryam Namazie for all their hard work organising this protest.
“The Law Society finds itself in a rather unenviable position. But this is a mess entirely of its own making so emotions of pity towards them should be kept to an absolute minimum.
“As one of the speakers noted in his speech, the only thing to do when you find yourself in a minefield is to retrace your steps and leave.
“We await the Law Society’s next move with considerable interest. The protest may be over, but the campaign most certainly is not. As Peter Tatchell told the Law Society in his speech: you ain’t seen nothing yet.
“Presumably the only question for the Law Society now is: how and when do we exit this nightmare?”
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