Can Islamic religious sharia law override a country’s domestic law in Europe? That’s a question the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights is weighing.
The Court heard a case this week that involves applying sharia law to a disagreement between citizens of Greece who are Muslims.
The non-profit organization based in London, Christian Concern, intervened in the case, “because of the importance of the case in European law and its implications for countries across Europe, including the UK,” according to a news release from the organization.
“We intervened in the case in order to make clear that sharia law is fundamentally incompatible with human rights,” wrote Tim Dieppe, head of public policy of Christian Concern, on the organization’s website. “We hope and pray that the judges will see this and act accordingly.”
Christian Concern describes sharia law as “discriminatory” and says its intervention in this case brings to light different problems stemming from the use of sharia law in the UK.
Dieppe said an estimated 85 sharia courts operate in the UK…