Greece Votes to Make Sharia Courts Optional for Muslim Minority

Published January 10th, 2018 - 11:17 GMT
Muslims in Western Thrace will be able to choose between civil courts or Sharia courts to settle family issues and inheritance matters (AFP/File)
Muslims in Western Thrace will be able to choose between civil courts or Sharia courts to settle family issues and inheritance matters (AFP/File)

Greece’s parliament voted Tuesday in favor of a bill that will change how Islamic law is applied in the country’s Western Thrace region, which is home to around 150,000 Muslims.

The bill, brought by the government, was supported by a vast majority of Greek parties. All parties voted in favor of the bill except the far-right Golden Dawn party, which opposed it because they said it failed to spell out what powers will be retained by Islamic courts.

With the new legislation, Muslims in Western Thrace will be able to choose between civil courts or Sharia courts to settle family issues and inheritance matters.

The bill was submitted to parliament after a legal inheritance case was brought to the European Court of Human Rights by a Muslim Turkish woman from Thrace.

"The government today is taking an historic step by bringing to Parliament the bill on Sharia which widens and deepens legal and civil equality enjoyed by all Greek men and women without exception," Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said.

 

 

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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