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Turkey: New Bill has drawn outrage from women’s rights campaigners

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A new Bill allowing muftis to authorise civil marriages threatens to
increase child marriage and has drawn outrage from women’s rights
campaigners.

The Grenfell Tower fire

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Our thoughts are with those affected by the fire at Grenfell Tower in West London. We offer our condolences to those who have been bereaved, and our sympathies for those living in the aftermath of the blaze.

We commend the self-sacrifice and dedication of local residents, firefighters, the police and NHS for supporting and caring for victims.

We call for those people made homeless by this tragedy be rehoused locally without delay and for a full investigation to take place.

Why banning the term “honour” based violence and conflating it with domestic violence will put victims at increased risk

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The Conservative MP for Wealden Nusrat Ghani, has proposed, in a new private members Bill – the Crime (Aggravated Murder of and Violence Against Women) Bill – that the use of the widely used and accepted term “honour” killing should be banned from official publications and that this form of violence against women and girls should be conflated with domestic violence. Both of these suggestions would have dangerous consequences for those at risk of “honour” based violence and lives will be put at risk.

“Honour” based violence and domestic violence are distinct forms of violence against women and girls, each with specific dynamics. Many women experience both, whilst some are at risk of “honour” based violence and not domestic violence. Each carries particular risks and requires different safeguarding approaches. These two forms of violence must not be conflated, and if they are, it is highly likely that there will be failures in safeguarding, resulting in serious harm and even “honour” killing.

Open Letter to the FCO

Amina Al-Jeffery

Open Letter to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office/Boris Johnson

Dear Mr Johnson,

Re Amina Al-Jeffery

We the undersigned write to ask in the strongest possible terms that the FCO brings every possible pressure to bear on the authorities in Saudi Arabia to ensure the safe return of this young woman to the UK without delay.

Stop CISPA