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53% rise in “honour” based violence cases reported to the police since the criminalisation of forced marriage

The number of cases of “honour” based violence, forced marriage and FGM reported to the police in the UK has increased by 53% since 2014, IKWRO’s new research shows. The research involved sending Freedom of Information requests to every police force in the country.

The number of cases of “honour” based violence recorded by the police increased from 3335 in 2014 to 5595 in 2015, meaning a spike of 68% in cases in the first year following the introduction of the law criminalising forced marriage. The number of cases dropped slightly to 5105 in 2016.

However, despite significant the rise in reporting since 2014, the volume of cases referred to the Crown Prosecution Service for a charging decision is the lowest it has been for five years. The latest figures published by the CPS indicate that only 256 cases of “honour” based violence were referred to them by the police in 2016/17, just 5% of the cases reported over a similar time period. The 256 referrals resulted in 215 prosecutions and a subsequent 122 convictions.

“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.

IKWRO calls for Amina al-Jeffery to be returned to the UK

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Leading women’s rights charity calls on British government to  repatriate 21-year-old Welsh “honour” based violence victim  imprisoned in Saudi Arabia and to extradite her father to the UK to face justice

Diana Nammi, Executive Director of the Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation is available for interview.

On Wednesday 3rd August 2016, in London, Mr Justice Holman, Judge at the Family Division of the High Court, will rule on the case of British national Amina Al-Jeffery, who grew up in Swansea and was taken to Saudi Arabia when she was 16 years old by her father who claimed that she was becoming too Westernised.

Amina, who also holds Saudi Arabian citizenship, has described being imprisoned by her father in horrific conditions, at one stage with metal bars on the door. She says her father has beaten her, banned her from using the internet and telephone, denied her food and prevented her access to the bathroom, forcing her to urinate in a cup.

Campaigners urge government to fully and impartially investigate Sharia bodies

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Today, an unprecedented number of women’s rights campaigners and organisations from Britain and internationally, including IKWRO, have submitted a letter to the Home Secretary raising serious concerns about the government’s ‘independent review’ into Sharia courts in Britain. The letter states that the limited scope of inquiry and its inappropriate theological approach will do nothing to address the discriminatory effect and intent of the courts on private and family matters: areas where, arguably, the greatest human rights violations of minority women in the UK take place.

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