Category Archives: “Honour” based violence (HBV)

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

Banaz Mahmod

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.

IKWRO respond to HMIC report on ‘honour’ violence

Leading “honour” based violence charity welcomes HMIC report which identifies needs for major improvements by police

On Tuesday 8th December 2015, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) published the findings of their “Honour” Based Violence Inspection. We, the Iranian & Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (IKWRO), a leading “honour” based violence charity, which last year received 2,500 calls from women, girls and professionals and provided intensive support in 800 cases, welcome the findings of the report, which identifies that a number of major improvements must be made to policing of “honour” based violence to ensure that victims and survivors are protected and “honour” killings are prevented.

UK Police must learn lessons from failures by German Police that contributed to the ‘honour’ killing of Lareeb Khan

This week, in Germany, the trial of the “honour” killing of Lareeb Khan, a 19 year old, is taking place.

Her father, Asadullah Khan and mother Shazia, are accused of murdering her in the name of “honour”.

It has been reported that Mr Khan told the court that he believed that Lareeb had brought “dishonour” to the family by being in a relationship with a boy he did not approve of. Mr Khan has also said that he wanted Lareeb to have an arranged marriage, like he and her mother had done.

Happy International Youth Day!


Today, Wednesday 12th August 2015, is the United Nations’ designated International Youth Day. This year’s theme is youth civic engagement and IKWRO is celebrating the inspiring young people that we are working with as agents of change to tackle “honour” based violence, forced marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM).

Since IKWRO was founded, 13 years ago, we’ve made huge progress in raising awareness about “honour” based violence, forced marriage, child marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM). We’ve played a leading role in ensuring these issues are high on the government’s agenda: we were at the forefront of the successful campaign to criminalise forced marriage and our experienced, specialist advice and counselling teams have safeguarded and supported literally tens of thousands of women and girls at risk.