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Greece: Sharia ruling

On 19 December, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights made a ruling concerning the application of Sharia law in Europe over inheritance rights.

European Centre for Law and Justice / Christian Concern

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The court ruled that a Greek woman should have her inheritance dispute settled by Greek domestic law rather than by Sharia law. The application of Sharia law to this case was found to be in violation of Article 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights which prohibits discrimination on grounds including sex, race and religion. The court noted that ‘several international bodies’ had expressed concern about the application of Sharia law and the discrimination created, in particular against women and children.