In memory of Fawziyah Javed, whose life was stolen in an “honour” killing in 2021

In memory of Fawziyah Javed, whose life was stolen in an “honour” killing in 2021 Fawziyah Javed was a 31-year-old British lawyer from Leeds who was 17 weeks pregnant. She was beloved by her family. Fawziyah’s husband was convicted of her murder, by pushing her off Arthur’s seat, a rocky peak in Edinburgh, Scotland in September 2021. Her devastated family had to identify her body on her birthday. The murder trial was covered in the Channel 4 documentary, The...
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PRESS RELEASE: IKWRO demands justice for Mahsa Amini and an end to Iran’s “morality police”

On 16th September in Tehran, 22-year-old Mahsa Amini died in hospital three days after she was arrested and beaten by the “morality police” who had accused her of not being sufficiently covered by her hijab. The Iranian regime is denying responsibility for the murder of Mahsa, claiming that she died from a heart attack. This is disputed by her family.  We send our condolences and stand in support of Mahsa’s family. IKWRO strongly condemns the Iranian regime, who...
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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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IKWRO at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict

IKWRO will be running two side panels at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, chaired by William Hague and Angelina Jolie. Our exhibition SHE WHO EMERGES ANEW will run throughout the Fringe event – 9am – 8pm, 10th-12th June. Banaz: A Love Story will be screened in the Silent Cinema on 11th June at 16:30 and the panel Q&A will follow at 17:30 in the Meet the Director room next door to the cinema. Entry...
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Leading ‘honour’ based violence charity calls for full investigation into steps taken to protect ‘honour’ killing victim

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 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”. (more…)
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Police failing to record honour-based violence

STRICTLY EMBARGOED UNTIL: 00:01 THURSDAY 6 FEBRUARY 2014 New research reveals that 1 in 5 police forces in the UK are failing to properly record ‘Honour’ Based Violence cases, putting lives at risk Expert, Diana Nammi, Executive Director of the Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation is available for interview. Please contact Sara Browne, Campaign Officer on 020 7920 6460/ 07739308398 Report available: ‘Postcode lottery: police recording of ‘honour’ based violence’ Postcode lottery [PDF] On Thursday 6 February...
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