Category Archives: “Honour” based violence (HBV)

“Honour” killing is preventable

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As details of the “honour” killing of Celine Dookhran in London emerge IKWRO demands government action

Last week, on Wednesday 19th July 2017, in London, 19 year old Celine Dookhran’s future was brutally stolen from her in a horrific so-called “honour” killing. A second woman in her 20’s, whom for her safety remains anonymous, only just escaped, after both women had been kidnapped, raped and had their throats slit.

Campaign Success: Nusrat Ghani MP withdraws her Bill which proposed to ban the term “honour” based violence and conflate it with domestic violence

IKWRO are delighted that our joint campaign opposing Nusrat Ghani’s MP’s Bill has succeeded. It has been withdrawn ahead of its second reading on Friday 24th March 2017 following IKWRO’s joint letter signed by 66 experts and survivors explaining why the Bill would put lives at risk.

The letter can be seen below.

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.

‘Honour’ killing of Banaz claims another victim as the love of her life commits suicide

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We, the Iranian & Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (IKWRO) are heartbroken at the news of the recent death of Rahmat Sulemani, the love of Banaz Mahmod’s life.

On 20th March 2016, Rahmat, who for ten years since the “honour” killing of Banaz in 2006, has been living under witness protection, sent a text to a neighbour telling them that he was going to commit suicide, before hanging himself. He was discovered at his home in a coma and died in hospital five days later.

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