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News and Views
There is nothing honourable in an honour killing
Sultan Al Qassemi
August 30. 2008
In countries as varied as the UK, Brazil, Pakistan, Jordan and India, men of various faiths commit crimes such as rape, kidnapping and murder in order to preserve family honour. It is a worldwide phenomenon that is not restricted to one faith or creed, although it is more common in countries where illiteracy and religion are exploited and manipulated.
Education key to prevent 'honor killings'
By GAUTAMAN BHASKARAN
MADRAS, India — The act of killing is not so surprising when senseless brutality, especially against women, engulfs a community. Thousands of women are murdered every year by their families in the name of "honor." This heinous crime cuts across continents, with most killings going unreported. When they are reported, the perpetrators are seldom punished, because the families or the society concerned may view the dead women as deserving of punishment.
2000 demonstrate against 'honour' killings in Iran
On 14 August, in a village called Kani Dinar in the Mariwan region of Iran a "father" stabbed her 18 years old, daughter, Fereshteh Nejati, and slit her throat, almost severing her head in the street because she sought a divorce. Fereshteh had been forced into a marriage when she was 14 years old.
She fled to her uncle's house to seek refuge after her father threatened to kill her but her father forced them to hand her over and brutally murdered her on the same day.
Suffering in silence
Police fear victims of honour crime in Tayside may be suffering in silence because they can see no way of accessing help without bringing further shame on their families (writes Graham Huband).
The spotlight will be turned on the normally taboo subject of forced marriage and honour-based violence at a major conference organised by Tayside Police next month. The issue — which predominantly affects ethnic minority communities — is rarely spoken of in public, and police fear victims may never come forward because of a lack of support services that can guarantee their safety.
Apex court: don’t be lenient while giving punishment in caste killings
Apex court: don’t be lenient while giving punishment in caste killings
“Judges tend to become apologetic in cases of murders arising out of caste”
“Has this hands-off approach led to creation of casteless utopia?”
Bench says considering the gravity of offence, death penalty ought to have been awarded
New Delhi: The Supreme Court has asked the trial courts and High Courts not to show any leniency while awarding punishment in cases relating to murders due to caste conflicts.
Groundbreaking Legislation Integrates U.S. Efforts to End Gender-Based Violence on a Global Scale
November 1, 2007 -- Washington, DC –Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Joseph R. Biden, Jr. (D-DE) and Ranking Member Richard Lugar (R-IN) introduced the International Violence Against Women Act, groundbreaking legislation which will, for the first time, integrate the United States’ efforts to end gender-based violence into U.S. foreign assistance programs.
Iraq: Politicians reject 'honour' crime reforms
Law Efforts to toughen sentences meet opposition from Islamists.
The country’s powerful Islamic parties and leaders are resisting reform of a law that sanctions lenient punishments for those found guilty of so-called honour killings.
Article 111 of the Iraqi penal code - passed in 1969 - allows a lesser punishment for the killing of women if the male defendants are found to have had “honourable motives”.
Jordanian law soft on honour killings
Suha Philip Ma’ayeh, Foreign Correspondent
* Last Updated: July 11. 2008 3:06AM UAE / GMT
AMMAN // When Urweh Zreiqat, a TV presenter, asked a group of university students to define honour in one of his talk shows, most said it was related to ethics, honesty, dignity, reputation and loyalty.
None of them mentioned a woman’s hymen, or her perceived fidelity, two of the biggest causes of so-called honour killings in Jordan. That, however, remains one of the leading drivers of murder in the country.
“The Family Council” Becomes An Excuse For Honor Killings Of Women
A member of the Supreme Curt of Appeals 1st Penal Chamber, announced that he would require there to be a “family council decision” in a murder with a motive of custom. Women lawyers say there is no such requirement in the law.
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Salih Zeki İskender, a member of the Supreme Curt of Appeals 1st Penal Chamber, announced that he would require there to be a “family council decision” in a murder with a motive of custom.
“There is no such requirement in the law”
YEMEN: Call to improve women's status
Photo: Muhammad al-Jabri/IRIN
Three married girls (aged eight, 12 and 10) during a public discussion by civil society organisations on child marriage
SANAA, 22 September 2008 (IRIN) - Much more needs to be done to improve the status of women in Yemen, the poorest country in the Arabian Peninsula, in line with the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), officials said.
90 honour killings reported in first quarter of 2008
By Akhtar Amin
PESAHWAR: Cases of honour killing are on the rise in Pakistan as 90 such cases were reported all over the country in the first quarter (January to March) of 2008, says a report compiled by a non-governmental organisation (NGO)Aurat Foundation (AF).
Out of the 90 cases, 36 were reported in Balochistan, 35 in Sindh, 11 in Punjab and eight in NWFP.
19-year-old handed reduced sentence for murdering his sister
By Rana Husseini
AMMAN - A 19-year-old who killed his divorced sister in the name of family honour when he was a minor in September 2006, walked free from the Criminal Court on Monday after receiving a reduced sentence.
The court sentenced the defendant, who was 17 at the time of the murder, to serve 16 months at a juvenile centre after convicting him of stabbing his 24-year-old sibling to death at their family's home on September 19.
A Man Is Valued By His Sister’s Behaviour: Ruling On An Honor Crime
The story is as follows. A wife and mother tells her husband that she’s been sleeping around with other men in exchange for money and wants a divorce. So they go to a lawyer’s office and she writes down the names of all these men, for what reason, I cannot possibly comprehend. Then she’s taken to her parents’ home where her father ties her up so she won’t leave. She was made to rewrite the list in front of her family, for what reason, I cannot possibly comprehend.
Sexual cleansing in Iraq
Islamist deaths squads are hunting down gay Iraqis and summarily executing them
Thursday September 25 2008 07:00 BST
Some of the links in this article will take you to sites containing images of violence which you may find disturbing
Germany: Honor violence on the roads
A 21-year old German-Turkish woman who caused a fatal accident between Emmerich and Kleve in which two Dutch motorcyclists were killed had been chased by her brother.
According to German newspaper Rheinische Post the young Turkish driver from Kleve wanted to break with her family. Her brother started chasing her when she left home for Hamburg. Both cars chased each other at speeds about 140 km/h over the provincial road between Emmerich and Kleve, where the speed limit is 70 km/h. The chase came to dangerous overtaking maneuvers.
LIBERIA: FGM continues in rural secrecy
MONROVIA, 24 September 2008 (IRIN) - Thousands of young girls annually prepare for their initiation into a women’s secret association, Sande Society, which operates mostly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. As part of their initiation, young women take a vow of secrecy after weeks of training in the forest, promising not to not tell uninitiated girls or men what happens to them, to assume new names, and to have their clitorises cut off - known as female
genital mutilation (FGM) - according to women in the secret society.
Man sentenced over Shia flogging
Story from BBC NEWS:
A devout Shia Muslim has been given a suspended prison sentence for making two boys beat themselves during a religious ceremony.
A jury at Manchester Crown Court found Syed Mustafa Zaidi, 44, guilty of two counts of child cruelty last month.
The boys, aged 13 and 15, were urged to beat themselves with a zanjeer whip, with five curved blades.
Zaidi, of Station Road, Eccles, was given a 26-week sentence, suspended for 12 months.
Pacific girls raised to feel inferior, United Nations told – but work to boost their rights is underway
A Pacific political leader has told the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) that the region’s girls are raised to feel inferior to boys and men, with culture and custom often invoked to justify discrimination and violence against girls.
“The girl child is, in many countries, typically at the bottom of the hierarchy and socialised to a sense of inferiority,” said The Honorable Willy Telavi, Tuvalu’s Minister for Home Affairs.
UN Human Rights Council takes up racism and defamation of religions
19 September 2008 – The United Nations Human Rights Council, currently meeting in its ninth session, discussed racism, racial discrimination and the defamations of religions today in Geneva.
In his first address to the 47-member panel, Githu Muigai, the new Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, presented a report by his predecessor, Doudou Diène.
That report deals with the defamation of religions, in particular the serious ramifications of Islamophobia.
Declaration on Burying Women Alive/Killing of Women in the Name of "Honour" and other Customary Practices
Burying Five Women Alive in Naseerabad and the Customary Practices
ISLAMABAD: Representatives of civil society organizations and committed activists from all over Pakistan including Karachi, Lahore, Quetta, Peshawar, Jacobabad, Khairpur, Larkana, Sukkur, Hyderabad, Naseerabad, Mardan, Swabi and Islamabad gathered here in Islamabad for a national consultation on 18 September 2008, on the issue of ‘Burying Five Women Alive in Naseerabad and the Customary Practices’.