What is VOSAN?

Welcome to VOSAN, the Victims of Sharia Action Network.  We have launched this initiative as a way of tracking the harm that sharia does to human rights all over the world.

To record a case of sharia based human rights abuse click HERE (this will take you to our case form).


Victims of Sharia (VOS) Observatory was briefly piloted by ICLA in April 2013 to establish the logistics that would be involved and the resources that would be needed to start up such a project. For some time now the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has lectured the world on human rights despite the severe human rights abuses that take place in many OIC member states.  Invented terms such as “Islamophobia” have been put into circulation to blame the victims of sharia abuse rather than its perpetrators.  Furthermore the OIC has been attempting to institute a global blasphemy law which would extend such human rights abuses geographically and act to add legitimacy to all such abuses.  Early signs suggest that the OIC is being successful in persuading non-Muslim governments and opinion formers to embrace its strategy to extend the reach of sharia principles and their associated human rights abuses. We believe that it is important for the whole world to realise the threat that sharia poses to human rights.  We hope that this will inform people to such an extent that they will feel comfortable enough to join the lobby for appropriate and much needed reforms.  Indeed some sharia practices are so degrading that need to be considered by international law as crimes against humanity.

The project will now be officially launched as the Victims of Sharia Action Network (VOSAN).  It will build on the Brussels Declaration that we made at a conference in the European Parliament in July 2012.  The main aim of VOSAN will be to highlight the victims of sharia and use this to galvanise public opinion to demand appropriate changes in all areas of life in all countries of the world.


Two components to VOSAN

Since the situations that victims of sharia face in the Islamic world are quite different from those that they face in the non-Islamic world VOSAN takes this into consideration and is split into two components.  In the Islamic world measures to enforce sharia compliance are often very direct, including specific laws and judicial punishment under those laws.  On the other hand in Western democracies the measures used are often indirect and the influence of sharia is deliberately disguised or even denied.  Of course, Islamic tradition divides the world into the Dar al Harb (the House of War) and Dar al Islam (the House of Islam). We therefore divide VOSAN into two separate but interrelated components:

(1) Western and other non-Muslim majority countries

This section will focus on initiatives in Western countries that we believe will facilitate the spread of sharia into those areas.  The intention here is to stop the spread of sharia principles and to reverse their spread where they have already taken root. Our work in this area will focus on:

(2) Core member states of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and Muslim majority countries

This section will look at the human rights abuses linked to sharia in the Islamic world.  We believe that Muslims are equal human beings who have the same universal and inalienable human rights as the rest of humanity.  As such all individuals in the Islamic world whether Muslim or non-Muslim should have the protection that such rights provide.  Initiatives in the Islamic world such as the Cairo Declaration of Human Rights in Islam (1990) deprives Muslims and non-Muslims in signatory states of those rights.  Muslims should not be denied their human rights because they identify in some way with the Islamic religion.  Equally a person should not be denied his or her human rights just because they live in an Islamic country. Our work in this area will focus on: