Category Archives: Press releases
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.
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.
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.
Women’s rights groups urge government to hold inquiry into Sharia ‘courts’ and the lack of access to justice
On Thursday 10 December 2015, Southall Black Sisters (SBS), One Law for All, Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (IKWRO), Centre for Secular Space and British Muslims for Secular Democracy will attend 10 Downing Street to hand deliver a letter signed by nearly 400 individuals and organisations urging David Cameron to hold an inquiry into the discriminatory nature of Sharia ‘courts’ and other religious arbitration forums.