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Nobel Peace Prize winner speaks out against Islamic tribunals in Canada

[JURIST] Shirin Ebadi [Wikipedia profile], a human-rights lawyer who won the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize, spoke out Monday against the introduction of special Islamic tribunals in Canada. A Muslim group in Ontario proposed setting up the tribunals to settle family disputes among members of the Islamic community there. Ebadi complained [Globe and Mail report] that traditional Muslim law is open to broad interpretation, and feared injustices would result. In response, Quebec has already preemptively banned such courts [Globe and Mail report], a move supported [Daily Times (Pakistan) report] by the Canadian Council of Muslim Women [advocacy website]. Ontario has yet to decide whether to establish them.

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