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Judge agrees to judicial review of 'cab rank' rule for unexplained deaths

The Guardian World news: Islam - 2 February, 2018 - 10:56

Jewish and Muslim leaders protested after London coroner refused to expedite burials

A high court judge has granted an application for a judicial review of a senior coroner’s “cab rank” policy in dealing with unexpected deaths, saying it raises issues of importance to Jewish and Muslim communities.

Mary Hassell, the senior coroner for north London, said last month she would not prioritise any death for religious reasons.

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Register Islamic marriages under UK law, sharia review says

The Guardian World news: Islam - 1 February, 2018 - 14:18

Report endorses civil marriage alongside religious ceremony to give women legal protection

Muslim couples should undergo a civil marriage as well as a religious ceremony to give women protection under the law, an independent review of sharia councils has recommended.

A report following the 18-month review called for an awareness campaign informing Muslim women of their legal rights, and said sharia councils should be subject to regulation with a code of conduct.

Related: Inside Britain’s sharia councils: hardline and anti-women – or a dignified way to divorce?

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