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

 On Thursday 1 May 2014, at Manchester Crown Court, the trail is continuing regarding the ‘honour’ killing of Rania Alayed a 25 year old Syrian born mother of three. Her husband and his two brothers are accused of murdering her because they thought she was becoming “too westernised”.

Diana Nammi, founder and Executive Director of the Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (IKWRO) an expert on the subject of ‘honour’ killings says:

‘I am deeply saddened to hear about the murder of Rania Alayed and to reflect on the suffering that she must have gone through.

 Since I founded IKWRO over 11 years ago, in response to the ‘honour’ killing of someone close to me, we have dealt with thousands of cases of vulnerable women, like Rania, from across the country, from the UK’s Middle Eastern, North African and Afghan communities and it is absolutely clear to me that this murder is an ‘honour’ killing.

Rania Alayed

On the basis of the publically reported information that I have seen, I understand that Rania had disclosed ‘honour’ based violence to the Manchester police. ‘Honour’ killings are preventable and serious questions need to be asked about what steps were taken by the police and all other relevant authorities to try to protect Rania.

 IKWRO calls for a full investigation into this case so that crucial lessons can be learned. How many more women and girls must face the fate of Rania and so many before her, like Banaz Mahmod before the necessary safety measures are put in place?’

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