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Teenage girl strangled in "honour killing"

January 28, 2008

A 17-year-old girl died after being strangled to death by her brother in a Palestinian refugee camp near the Jordanian town of Jerash .

Directory on initiatives to address Crimes of 'Honour'

WUNRN

This Directory sets out the contacts and brief descriptions of the activities of individuals and organisations engaged in addressing practices which can be considered as crimes of 'honour'. It includes within it lawyers, activists, researchers, government officials and community-based organisations, human rights and women's rights organisations.

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The Price of Abuse

December 2, 2007

Shame, violence, abuse, shame - the circle is complete for women of the East as they face a recurring nightmare of the denial of rights and justice.In most cases of violence against women, the role of society and how it perceives these unfortunate women is a crucial factor in the kind of justice they ultimately receive.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon Pledges System-Wide UN Campaign to Fight Violence Against Women

November 25, 2007

Denouncing violence against women as “one of the most heinous, systematic and prevalent human rights abuses in the world,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has vowed to lead a campaign against the scourge.

The High Price of Freedom

February 4, 2007

FOUR months after she ran away from home at the age of 15, Jasvinder Sanghera saw the sea for the first time. A granite sea that stretched out from the silver sands of Whitley Bay as far as the eye could see, and seemed somehow infinite in its possibilities. She had always felt the horizons of the world were more expansive than her family told her.

“Honour” Killings pose a serious challenge to the rule of law

October 2, 2007

According to police records, every year 20-25 women in Jordan are killed “in the name of honour”, that is, for having an illicit affair."

Father kills daughter for not wearing a hijab

December 13, 2007

"As he does almost every Friday, Sheik Yusuf Badat will use the noon prayer sermon tomorrow to further his message that Islam is a religion of peace and harmony. But his job will be more difficult this week, after the shocking slaying of a Mississauga Muslim teen, and the arrest of her father. Rumours that the girl clashed with her family over her objection to wearing the hijab have generated headlines from Germany to Pakistan, and fuelled a fierce - and at times arguably racist - debate about Islam and Canadian values.

Comment: "Multicultural sensitivity is no excuse for moral blindness"

January 9, 2008

"What we should learn from forced marriages and 'honour' killings is that we cannot allow cultural relativism to compromise women's human rights."

Multicultural sensitivity is no excuse for moral blindness...

So said the Home Office minister Mike O'Brien in 1999 when talking about forced marriages. Today, at the beginning of 2008, the same statement can be applied to the condition of women's lives, and the lack of human rights that they experience.

The Dynamics of Honor Killings in Turkey: Prospects for Action

November, 2005
Filiz Kardam, et. al.

Through this report, the UNDP and UNFPA seek to further contribute to the discussion and debate in Turkey about honor killings through perspectives from a cross-section of society: women and men of varying ages, educational levels, and social backgrounds; public officials; religious leaders; non-governmental organizations and the media. The report synthesis comprehensive and well-researched data to illuminate such topics as perceptions of honor ,cases of ‘dishonorable conduct’: causes and consequences and recommendations to stop honor killings.

Increasing Reports of "Honour" Killings in Palestine

November 20, 2007

Rights activists say such murders have increased as a result of the worsened security situation, and press for a new law.

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