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Campaign Statement on the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

On the occasion of the UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) International Solidarity Network and the Global Campaign to Stop Killing and Stoning Women! would like to draw your attention to the press release below. This is a response to a recent Report issued by the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

Statement on the 2008 Report of the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture

Afghanistan poem about Bedi Begum who was murdered by flogging at the order of the Taliban


Via Asian Human Rights Commission - AHRC
Human Rights and Culture - Issue 6

Afghanistan poem about Bedi Begum who was murdered by flogging at the order of the Taliban in July of 1999, one of 60 women to die as a result of flogging that year.
I Stand by Your Ear Unseen

Sue Silvermaria

I stand by your ear unseen.
Before the flogging they buried me to my waist in mud
One hundred times and one, they beat me with a cane
Because I was wearing a burqa
the mullah was spared the sight of my blood

States Fuel 'Honour Killings'

CASABLANCA, Jan 31 (IPS) - State-directed violence, the refusal to give up the death penalty and the holding of public executions are some of the principal factors that are supporting the continuing resort to the age-old practice of 'honour killings', murder to cleanse a family name of shame.

"The culture of violence in settling international and nation problems is fuelling these crimes," Bassam al-Kadi, supervisor of the Syrian Women's Observatory, SWO, a non-governmental organisation campaigning against 'honour killings' throughout the Middle East, told IPS.

Statement jointly delivered by the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and the Asia Japan Women’s Resource Centre (AJWRC)

Human Rights Council

8th session (2-18 June 2008)

Item 3: Discussion on human rights of women

Mr President, Dear Panellists,

The undersigned organisations warmly welcome the holding of this second discussion on the human rights of women within the Human Rights Council. In particular, we commend the inclusion of a segment on violence against women and the 2006 in-depth study of the UN Secretary General on this subject, as mandated by the General Assembly (Resolution 61/143).

Women human rights defender murdered

The National Alliance of Women Human Rights Defenders (NAWHRDs) requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Nepal. NAWHRDs is shocked and appalled about death of Ms. Laxmi Bohara, 28, a member of Women Human Rights Defender Network, Kanchanpur and a resident of Champapur, Ward No. 8, Daji Village Development Committee in Kanchanpur district. She was severely beaten and physically injured by her husband and mother-in-law and later died in the zone hospital.

Palestine: Woman Murdered by Relatives to “Maintain Family Honor”

The Palestinian Centre for Human (PCHR) condemns in the strongest possible terms the murder of a woman in Rafah on Tuesday 3 June, allegedly to maintain “the honor” of her family. (Palestinian Centre for Human Rights)

PCHR calls for the perpetrators of all so called ‘Honour Crimes’ to be rigorously prosecuted, and for appropriate legal action to be taken in order to end such crimes.

IKWRO demands action in Kurdistan stoning

Since the murder of Du'a Khalil Aswad, a little over a year ago, there can be few people who are unaware that in Kurdistan, even the stones on the ground carry the evidence of brutality and violence against women. Under the Kurdish and Iraqi government, power is ultimately ceded to the tribes, with their barbaric culture of 'honour' killing, despite the international attention given to these constant and repeated acts of terrorism against women.