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Sponsors: Senator Harpootlian
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Introduced in the Senate on May 3, 2022
Currently residing in the Senate
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 5/3/2022 Senate Introduced, placed on calendar without reference (Senate Journal-page 3) 5/4/2022 Scrivener's error corrected
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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL
May 3, 2022
S. Printed 5/3/22--S. [SEC 5/4/22 11:27 AM]
Read the first time May 3, 2022.
TO CONDEMN THE GOVERNMENT OF SOMALIA FOR ITS OPPRESSIVE AND VIOLENT TREATMENT OF WOMEN AND CHRISTIANS UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF SHARIA LAW.
Whereas, the constitution of the Federal Republic of Somalia declares Islam as the state religion, bans the propagation of any religion other than Islam, and prohibits the enactment of any law that is not compliant with the general principles of Sharia law; and
Whereas, the constitution purports to promote human rights, to require that women be included in all national institutions, and to allow the freedom to practice his or her religion; and
Whereas, the Somalia Parliament unanimously voted to make Sharia law the national law of Somalia in 2009; and
Whereas, the practice of Sharia law is applied as both a civil and criminal code that is notoriously oppressive and violent, particularly against women and Christians; and
Whereas, the practice of Sharia law in Somalia has given rise to capital punishment as a sentence for a wide variety of offenses, often without giving the accused party sufficient legal defense or adequate time to appeal a guilty verdict before sentencing; and
Whereas, extremist groups, like al-Shabaab, have interpreted Sharia law to be excessively cruel with regards to conversions away from Islam or behaving outside of the boundaries provided for women; and
Whereas, al-Shabaab has attacked targets throughout Somalia, pressuring citizens to adhere to a strict, extreme version of Sharia law, as well as killing, injuring, and harassing persons suspected of converting from Islam or failing to adhere to the group's religious edicts. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the Senate:
That the members of the South Carolina Senate condemn the government of Somalia for its oppressive and violent treatment of women and Christians under the provisions of Sharia law.
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be presented to the government of Somalia.
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