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19 May 2007 @ 04:25 pm
"Honour Crime"  
I've seen this report on several blogs and online newspapers. I'm not very comfortable with posting this but I think people need to know.

WARNING: The content of the video is VERY GRAPHIC, SHOCKING and DISTURBING.

Iraq: Amnesty International appalled by stoning to death of Yezidi girl and subsequent killings

Amnesty International is appalled by the killing of Du’a Khalil Aswad, aged about 17, who was stoned to death on or around 7 April 2007 for a so-called honour crime. A member of Iraq’s Yezidi religious minority from the village of Bahzan in northern Iraq, she was killed by a group of eight or nine men and in the presence of a large crowd in the town of Bashika, near the city of Mosul. Some of her relatives are said to have participated in the killing.

Du’a Khalil Aswad’s murder is said to have been committed by relatives and other Yezidi men because she had engaged in a relationship with a Sunni Muslim boy and had been absent from her home for one night. Some reports suggested that she had converted to Islam, but others deny this. Initially, she was reportedly given shelter in the house of a Yezidi tribal leader in Bashika, but her killers stormed the house, took her outside and stoned her to death. Her death by stoning, which lasted for some 30 minutes, was recorded on video film which was then widely distributed and is available on the internet. The film reportedly shows that members of local security forces were present but failed to intervene to prevent the stoning or arrest those responsible.

In an apparent act of retaliation, some 23 Yezidi workers were attacked and killed on 22 April, apparently by members of a Sunni armed group. The Yezidis, reportedly all men, were travelling on a bus between Mosul and Bashika when the vehicle was stopped by gunmen, who made the Yezidis disembark and then summarily killed them.

Amnesty International condemns in the strongest terms both the murder of Du’a Khalil Aswad and the subsequent murders of the Yezidi men, and is calling on the Iraqi authorities to take immediate steps to identify and bring to justice, through fair trials and without recourse to the death penalty, the perpetrators of these killings. As well, the organization is calling on the Iraqi authorities to investigate whether law enforcement officials were present but failed to intervene to prevent Du’a Khalil Aswad’s death by stoning, and to take urgent, concrete measures, including through legislative reforms, to protect those at risk of becoming victims of so-called “honour crimes.”

There are frequent reports of "honour crimes" in Iraq - in particular in the predominantly Kurdish north of the country. Most victims of "honour crimes" are women and girls who are considered by their male relatives and others to have shamed the women's families by immoral behaviour. Often grounds for such accusations are flimsy and no more than rumour. "Honour crimes" are most often perpetrated by male members of the woman's family in the belief that such crimes restore their and their family's honour. While the Kurdish authorities introduced legal reforms to address “honour killings” they have, however, failed to investigate and prosecute those responsible for such crimes. Amnesty International has documented its concerns about Iraqi women victims of human rights violations, including “honour crimes”, in a report issued in February 2005 (Iraq: Decades of suffering-Now women deserve better, AI Index: MDE 14/001/2005, http://web.amnesty.org/library/Index/ENGMDE140012005?open&of=ENG-IRQ)
Caiyene: willcaiyene on May 19th, 2007 02:29 pm (UTC)
It's not the first. Not so very long ago people were able to save a woman from being stoned to death. I just don't get people like that. They make me sick and ashamed to be human. How can you do that. Do you want to be treated like that?
Sandra: Gisburne bad dayalaxes on May 19th, 2007 02:56 pm (UTC)
Ich sag es mal auf deutsch: Sowas ist mehr als grausam! Ich versteh es immer noch nicht ganz, warum in einigen Teilen der Welt die Frau nicht als gleich anerkannt wird... man sollte doch meinen, dass wir bereits so fortgeschritten sind, dass so etwas nicht mehr vorkommen dürfte. Warum tut niemand etwas dagegen (NATO oder so)? Wofür haben wir denn Menschenrechte, wenn sie niemand wirklich durchsetzt?
Zoidberg: BSG: sad leemajor_zoidberg on May 19th, 2007 03:10 pm (UTC)
I saw this a few weeks ago... why do we bother with these people... bunch of savages.
purple_shoes on May 19th, 2007 09:07 pm (UTC)
Ugh that just makes me sick and sad. I don't know how that sick "tradition" for killing people was even thought up... it's amazing what horrors can be borne of the human mind.
the empress: Hadeskejsarinna on May 19th, 2007 09:09 pm (UTC)
read about this. somehow the fact that people filmed it makes me sick.
Daniela: Daniela: Shepdaniforblue on May 19th, 2007 10:24 pm (UTC)
I won´t watch this. I can´t talk about it. It makes me sick to the stomach. It pains my heart to think about all the women who have a life in hell. A life without rights. A life in a world only ruled by men.
dyoselin: lost - ana screamdyoselin on May 20th, 2007 05:54 pm (UTC)
It makes so angry that in this day and age of technological advancement, we still find some people who cling to some very ancient, obsolete and cruel ways of life and do not think twice to use them esp when it benefits them.

I am a Roman Catholic living in a Muslim country where I see a lot of double standards and hypocrisy on a daily basis but this place is modern enough to realise that there is a whole world beyond their borders and for their country to flourish, they have to give way to some of the cultures of the expatriates who make their country run.

Nothing is worse than ignorance and refusal to open one's mind even for a second when there's a life at stake.
serenaelizabethswan_ on May 21st, 2007 06:16 am (UTC)
so much for liberating iraq
Honour crime are nothing new in third world country. It is kind of sad that I am so desensitized by this stuff...

I hail from Pakistan (technologically the most advanced muslim country in the world) and there are STILL villages where women die, get raped, get mutilated, etc. for honour crimes. The good thing is, with world globalization and secularism abound people are finally starting to realize that sects and tribes are only a means to divide and conquer the poor.

I read this story in the newspaper last time I was in Pakistan. This lady, Bukhtiyar bibi was setenced to be raped by three men who's sister Bukhtiyar's brother raped. (eye for an eye kind of thing). Keep in mind in a village, village counsel are still the law. This had nothing to do with islam or even government. Once a woman is raped no one kills her (for shaming the family like they still do in more fanatic countries) in cities she is sympathized with and gets to live a full life. However, in villages a woman raped will probably never get married or accepted in society ever again (as if it was her own doing!). I think the complete ignorance stems from the lack of education in those parts. Bukhtiyar was a strong women with a supportive family so they actually filed a case against the village counsel. The government sentenced those men to life time in prison as well as give Bukhtiyar remunition to start her own school so even if she doesn't get married she wouldn't be financially draining her family.

The moral of the story is, while we maybe giving kudos to the girl that had the balls to stand up to those people, the fact is it was her family that back her up in her convictions. It is easy to stand up for yourself. It is very hard to stand up for those around you. And yeah, I completely give them credit for her living a successful good life as much as I salute her. It only takes a few people to change the minds of many.

I am very glad that there are people on my flist that see this and take a moment to ponder things that in no way directly effects them. This individual IMHO is much more genuine than infiltration of countries for political/financial reasons.

You know whats really ironic, D'ua means "prayer." I love that name. *sighs*
Ash: Meep Beekerbarker9 on May 21st, 2007 07:54 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm not going to watch. *hugs* I'm REALLY soft with stuff like that.