Honour killings are NOT morally justified

We are relieved to hear that the hate speech event called “honour killings are morally justified”, which was due to take place on 30 August 2014 as part of the Festival of Dangerous Ideas at Sydney Opera House, has been cancelled. But we are disgusted that Sydney Opera House and the other event organisers ever thought it was acceptable. Not only was the tittle “honour killings are morally justified” so dangerous, but so was the description of the...
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Stand Up for Dunya

Some of the events of the murder of 15-year old Dunya remain unclear. However, the fact that she was killed, and probably by her husband is, certain. We know that the murder was brutal and savage: that her breasts were cut off, her eyes gouged out, that she was dragged behind a vehicle before being pumped with nine bullets from an AK-47. And that prior to her death, her life was a circuit of misery. Before her marriage to her murderer,...
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Victims of forced marriage now know that what is happening to them is wrong, illegal and can be stopped

Today the Government announced plans to make forcing someone to marry a criminal offence.  My organisation, the Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation, has worked with survivors of forced marriage since 2002 and we have been campaigning for a change in the law for the past six years. Criminalisation is a vital weapon in the fight against forced marriage.  Under the current system, although a girl who is at risk of being or has already been forced into...
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Nearly 3000 cases of ‘honour’ violence every year in the UK

[caption id="attachment_1608" align="alignleft" width="300"] Thousands of women report 'honour' crimes in the UK[/caption] New research by IKWRO has found that more than 2800 incidents of 'honour' based violence were reported to police across the UK last year. IKWRO sent Freedom of Information requests to all 52 police forces across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland asking how many incidents of 'honour' based violence they had recorded last year.  39 police forces responded with a total of 2823 incidents....
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“Going home with my batteries recharged”: IKWRO’s international conference 2011

[caption id="attachment_920" align="alignnone" width="300"] © BrendanODonnell@ymail.com[/caption] More than 250 people from sectors including health, housing, policing, probation, social services, education and academia, legal, local and national government, the voluntary sector and the media attended IKWRO’s international conference last Thursday in London. The conference was opened by Jeremy Corbyn, MP for Islington North, who welcomed participants and spoke of how important it was for frontline professionals s to be aware of issues such as “honour” based violence (HBV).  He...
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