Category Archives: Press releases

Campaigners urge government to fully and impartially investigate Sharia bodies

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.

‘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.

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.

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.

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