We are relieved to hear that the hate speech event called “honour killings are morally justified”, which was due to take place on 30 August 2014 as part of the Festival of Dangerous Ideas at Sydney Opera House, has been cancelled. But we are disgusted that Sydney Opera House and the other event organisers ever thought it was acceptable.
Not only was the tittle “honour killings are morally justified” so dangerous, but so was the description of the talk which suggested that “honour” killings are “allegedly wrong”. “Honour” killing is murder, it IS wrong. FULL STOP.
Diana Nammi, Executive Director of the Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation is available for interview.
On Monday, 16 June 2014, forced marriage becomes a self-standing criminal offence in England and Wales and in Scotland punishable by up to 7 years in prison. At the same time, in England and Wales it also becomes a criminal offence to breach a Forced Marriage Protection Order, in line with Scotland where this is already the case.
The Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (IKWRO), which represents women and girls from Middle Eastern, North African and Afghan communities, has been at the forefront of the campaign to criminalise Forced Marriage across the UK over the last decade, is celebrating this crucial step forward in the movement to end forced marriage.