HONOUR KILLINGS THREAD ACTIVIST ACTIONS/CROSSSPOST! April 06, 2007 9:55 PM
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Pakistan: Four women allegedly murdered under the pretext of 'honour'
Just fourteen days after the Government of Pakistan enacted a Women's Protection Bill in order to provide relief and protection to women against the abuse of laws against premarital and extramarital sex, WLUML is deeply concerned to learn of another brutal "honour killing" case reported, from the Shikarpur district in the Sindh Province of Pakistan on 29 November 2006.
Through friends at Shirkat Gah Women's Resource Centre, it has been brought to WLUML's attention that four women of the same family were killed (and one man also of the same family was injured) by their relatives in the name of so-called honor. The incident took place just fourteen days after the Government of Pakistan enacted the Women's Protection Bill in order to provide relief and protection to women against the misuse and abuse of laws against premarital and extramarital sex.
The incident was immediately reported to the local police but no arrest was made so far. Even though AHRC has repeatedly issued several honor killing cases, the Sindh provincial government as well as the Government of Pakistan has not taken any serious action to abolish this brutal practice. Your urgent action is required to have the case rightly brought before the Anti-Terrorism Court and to pressure the local authorities to conduct a thorough investigation of the case as well as to quickly arrest the perpetrators. Please also call for the government of Pakistan, especially the state government of Sindh to take strong and decisive action to eliminate honor killings once and for all.
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April 06, 2007 9:59 PM
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Stop Honour Killings in Syria
In Syria, recently, two sixteen year-old-girls were murdered in so-called 'honour' killings in the space of two days. On the 21st January Sheren was murdered by her brother; she was six months pregnant. Zahra was murdered on the 22nd by her brother; a newlywed, she had been kidnapped by a family friend in the first month of her marriage. Her kidnapper was convicted and jailed; however her 'honour' was percieved as being permanently tarnished, a stain that could only be removed by her blood. According to the Christian Science Monitor, some experts estimate that 200-300 murders are committed in the name of 'honour' every year. It is always difficult to assess the numbers of these crimes: they are rarely reported and the family conspire to conceal the act from police. Police often share the patriarchal values that view women as the property of the men in their families and the law supports this viewpoint.Quote:1. He who catches his wife, or one of his ascendents, descendents or sister committing adultery (flagrante delicto) or illegitimate sex acts with another and he kills or injures one of both of them benefits from an exemption of penalty
Syrian law allows for reduced sentences in the case of a murder committed in the name of so-called 'honour': according to Article 548 of the Syrian Legal Code:
2. He who catches his wife, or one of his ascendents, descendents or sister in a suspicious state (attitude equivoce) with another and he kills or injures one of both of them benefits from an exemption of penalty.
This and other articles create an environment where so-called 'honour' crimes are effectively decrimninalised. According to NESASY, the organisation for Syrian women, these murderers rarely serve more than a few months in jail, even when they are tried and convicted.
After the shocking murders of Sheren and Zahra, many Syrian voices are united in calling for reforms the Syrian Legal Code, including the grand mufti of Syria; to send a clear signal that the brutality of so-called 'honour' killing can no longer be tolerated, that tolerating such crimes brings shame to the country.
We ask you to join with NESASY and other progressive Syrian organisations in calling for legal reform.
To support NESASY's campaign (which has over 10,000 signatories already from within Syria) please send an email with your name, address and organisation to email@example.com with the subject line "I agree for Stop women killing. Stop honor crimes!"
Also, please write to the following to the President and your local Syrian Embassy if available to ask for this vital change in the law.
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