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News and Views: November 2008

PDI Declares launch of WAKE UP! Campaign against Honor Killing

Violence against women is a cruel reality for Women around the Globe and in Pakistan it is one of the main issues women face, Women keep on being victims of severe violence in Pakistan and not having a say for their rights they are reserved and accepting on the truth to be brutally victimized.

Justice in the making: Avenging crimes against women in Turkey

Late last month, when a jurist representing Turkey's highest court in a briefing to the Justice Ministry suggested reducing Turkey's legal marriage age for women to 14 and reducing the penalties for sexual attackers who agree to marry the woman they rape, the backlash from women's organizations and gender equality groups was enormous.

Turkey: 'Special teams' to stop honor killings

A special team formed by an association will operate in the southeastern province of Mardin to stop honor killings. “Emergency action teams,” formed by the Association for Preventing Honor Crimes and Validating Female Potential, or TÖDER, will be working in 20 villages around Mardin. The team includes the village’s teacher, opinion leader, nurse and reverend.

Shocking statistics of murder from Pakistan

The Interior Ministry disclosed in the National Assembly on Thursday that during the last three years of Musharraf regime, over 4,000 women were murdered all over Pakistan, including 1,019 in the name of honour.

Pakistan: Victim fights for life and for justice after honour attack

A 32-year-old Pakistani woman is battling for her life after suffering extensive burns in an attack by her three sisters-in-law at their home in the central city of Jhang.

Pakistan: 2,531 incidents reported in three months, says report

A quarterly report on the situation of violence against women shows a sharp increase in such cases during the last three months as compared to previous two quarters.

India: Shame, not honour in killing

Surajpur is like any of the semi-urban villages that have come to define north Indian cities. Jean-clad youngsters talking into mobile phones are as much a reality in this kasbah in Greater Noida as their hookah-smoking elders. On the face of it, it seems that the yesterday and today co-exist happily, but last week’s ‘honour killing’ of two teenage girls raised a difficult question: is this really the case?

Pakistan: Helpless against honour killings

KARACHI, Nov 22 (IPS) - By appointing as cabinet ministers two politicians known for their anti-women views, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has stirred up a storm of protests from rights activists and prominent personalities who believed that an elected government would help their country emerge from feudalism.

Justice Majida Rizvi: Treat honour killing as homicide

DOHA: Honour killing should be considered as any other homicidal activity, according to an expert. A prominent public figure from Pakistan slammed ‘honour killing’ practised in some parts of the world.

More on Tasleem Solangi's death

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani man says his 17-year-old daughter was mauled by dogs and shot to death in front of him over a land dispute disguised as a so-called "honor killing."

Recent blogosphere debates on the definition of "honour killing"

On Muslimah Media Watch:

How Tarek Fatah got it wrong on both “honor” killing and domestic violence November 19, 2008

Islam Says 'No' to Domestic Violence

The perfect couple

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Man who tried to murder sister sentenced to 14 years in jail

Nazareth Court finds Khaled Muslemi guilty of attempted murder, says 'despicable phenomenon of murder under pretence of 'honor killings' must be condemned. Such actions carry nothing but disgrace'

Sharon Roffe-Ofir
09.28.08/ Israel News

The Nazareth District Court sentenced Khaled Muslemi, 24, to 14 years in prison for the attempted murder of his sister.

AWID Forum: "The Power of Movements". Capetown, South Africa, 2008

From November 14-17, the Global Campaign to Stop Killing and Stoning Women (SKSW), will present at the AWID Forum 2008 in Cape Town, South Africa. If you will be at the Forum, please stop by our Campaign Corner to learn more about our campaign and how you can get involved.

About the Forum: From November 14-17, 2008, at the Cape Town International Convention Center, up to 1,500 women's rights leaders and activists from around the world will converge on Cape Town, South Africa at the 11th AWID International Forum to discuss the power of movements.

Police error leads to plea bargain in 'honor killing' case

State's arm twisted in case of four Lod siblings accused of 'honor killing' after police mistake places department's informant in danger. Charges reduced from murder to manslaughter, men to serve 20-year sentence

Vered Luvitch
11.04.08, 18:03 / Israel News

A critical error by the police left the State Prosecutor's Office no choice but to sign a plea bargain with two brothers accused of murdering their sister. The plea bargain included reducing the charges against the two from murder to manslaughter.

Making people disappear

WHEN I was media officer at a local feminist organisation, the Malaysian police claimed in their press statements to have solved 80% of crimes against women in 2005. That these figures were greeted with near-universal derision by activists working on women's human rights would not, I wager, be a surprise to many.

Further reports suggest that "solved" was defined as the police having identified the perpetrators. It does not necessarily mean these perpetrators were actually charged and convicted by the courts.

New Drive to Abolish “Honour Crime” Laws


Syrian leaders have recommended reforming laws under which criminals convicted of so-called “honour crimes” get lenient sentences.

New IDs for victims of 'honour' crimes


VICTIMS of so-called 'honour' crimes need better protection and could even be offered a new identity police has announced.

Couple who married for love seek protection

Murtaza case: Hearing put off
Source: OUR STAFF REPORTER October 29, 2008

Jordan prosecutor charges man with killing sister

Jordan's criminal prosecutor has charged a 25-year-old man with premeditated murder for allegedly stabbing his sister to death last week.

Sister shot in 'honour killing'

Hapur (ghaziabad ): A 22-year-old girl was, on Wednesday, shot by her brother in what appeared to be a case of 'honour killing'.

Senate body discards statement on Balochistan 'honour killing'

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN: The Senate's functional committee on human rights on Friday rejected an investigation report on the killing of five women in Balochistan for 'honour' as 'ambiguous and incomplete'. The committee, which met under Senator SM Zafar, demanded the authorities form a body at the federal level 'so that the situation becomes clear'. The committee alleged the report had complicated the case.

Somalia: Girl stoned was a child of 13

31 October 2008

Contrary to earlier news reports, the girl stoned to death in Somalia this week was 13, not 23, Amnesty International can reveal.