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Inside Israel’s Bedouin communities, the practice of killing women who stain the family’s “honor” is experiencing a dark revival.

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Inside Israel’s Bedouin communities, the practice of killing women who stain the family’s “honor” is experiencing a dark revival.
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A sharp rise in “honor killings” in Palestinian territories has created a backash.

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Twenty-seven women are thought to have been killed last year in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip by family members claiming reasons of  “honor” — more than double the 13 cases documented in 2012.

Read more here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/honor-killings-rise-in-palestinian-territories-sparking-backlash/2014/03/02/1392d144-940c-11e3-9e13-770265cf4962_story.html

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A Palestine Liberation Organization executive committee member called for immediate approval of a law that would institute harsher sentences for honor killings.

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A Palestine Liberation Organization executive committee member called for immediate approval of a law that would institute harsher sentences for honor killings.

Hanan Ashrawi’s statement, which was released Saturday, followed the alleged killing of a 15-year-old girl by her father and a 17-year-old girl by her brother, Palestinian News Agency WAFA reported.

Ashrawi said 28 women were killed in 2013 due to the lack of protective legislation and legal accountability.

Read more here: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2014/02/23/Hanan-Ashrawi-calls-for-end-of-honor-killings-in-Mideast/UPI-65581393168465/

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One in five UK police forces is failing to properly record cases of so-called honor violence against women, according to a support group.

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One in five UK police forces is failing to properly record cases of so-called honor violence against women, according to a support group.

It said there was a “postcode lottery” when it came to recording such crimes.

The report, from the Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (IKWRO), also highlighted a lack of proper risk assessment of victims.

The Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) said “significant progress” had been made by forces.

Read more here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-26056209

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The AHA Foundation is proud to co-lead a training on honor violence and forced marriage for the Arizona Homicide Investigators Association.

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The AHA Foundation is proud to co-lead a training on honor violence and forced marriage for the Arizona Homicide Investigators Association.

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An overview of the AHA Foundation’s third annual conference on honor violence, forced marriage, and female genital mutilation (FGM) in New York City is now available online.

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An overview of the AHA Foundation’s third annual conference on honor violence, forced marriage, and female genital mutilation (FGM) in New York City is now available online.

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A new draft law in Afghanistan that would limit testimony in domestic violence cases is drawing international outcry, with activists warning it is part of a broader trend toward rolling back women’s rights and would make it more difficult to combat “honor” crimes in the nation.

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A new draft law in Afghanistan that would limit testimony in domestic violence cases is drawing international outcry, with activists warning it is part of a broader trend toward rolling back women’s rights in the nation.

In practice, legal experts say, it would mean that a woman cannot testify that her uncle raped her, that a mother who sees her daughter beaten by her father or brother, cannot testify, that family members witnessing a young woman being forced into marriage by her father cannot be used in a prosecution, that a sister or brother who witnesses an honor killing cannot be questioned.

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In Canada, a mother and son, both Pakistani immigrants, were found guilty of threatening a woman and her boyfriend with an “honor” killing.

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In Canada, a mother and son, both Pakistani immigrants, were found guilty of several criminal charges Wednesday for harassing and threatening the daughter of the family after she “dishonoured” them for courting a “white guy.” Both had threatened to kill the daughter and her non-Muslim boyfriend whom she had met while working with him at a McDonald’s restaurant.The court heard that the family had emigrated to Canada in 2005 and had been strict with daughter Gulshan to the point of not allowing her to socialize.

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In an “honor” killing case, a Jordanian court has reduced the sentence of a man who killed his daughter because she left home without her husband’s knowledge from death to 10 years in jail, an official said Thursday.

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In an “honor” killing case, a Jordanian court has reduced the sentence of a man who killed his daughter because she left home without her husband’s knowledge from death to 10 years in jail, an official said Thursday.

Murder is punishable by death in Jordan, but in so-called “honor killings” courts usually commute or reduce sentences if the victim’s family requests leniency.

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The AHA Foundation
 Third Annual Conference on Honor Violence, Forced Marriage, and Female Genital Mutilation

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On December 4th, 2013, the AHA Foundation, in partnership with the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, held its third conference on honor violence, forced marriage, and female genital mutilation (FGM) in New York City.  The conference is an annual gathering of experts dedicated to exploring the complex criminal manifestations of, and best responses to, honor-based violence against women and girls. Speakers provided information on how to identify cases, best practices for investigating and prosecuting honor violence, as well as guidance on how to protect potential victims. The conference featured an international panel of experts addressing a room full of police officers, FBI agents, prosecutors, judges, social workers, domestic violence advocates, guidance counselors, and representatives from numerous other NGOs.

Ayaan_AHAconf2013Ayaan Hirsi Ali opened the conference with an explanation of the perilous circumstances of women in honor-based cultures. She shared her own story of escaping the oppression of a traditional honor-based culture, as documented in her best-selling memoir Infidel.  She characterized the conference as historic because, “Most Americans—who cherish safety for children and freedom for adults—are unfamiliar with tragic consequences of a warped regard for honor and purity. They need to be alerted to discover, criminalize, and put an end to these cruel practices.”

Boughey_AHAconf2013Chris Boughey and Jeffrey Balson, detectives in the Violent Crimes Unit of the Peoria, Arizona Police Department, shared profiles of recent honor violence and forced marriage cases that they have worked on, in cooperation with the AHA Foundation.  Detectives Boughey and Balson are acclaimed for their dedication to rescuing women and girls from honor violence situations as well as for investigating the honor killing of Noor Almaleki.

Balson_AHAconf2013Amber Hanson, a Country Officer with the Office of Overseas Citizens Services, American Citizens Services with the U.S. Department of State, discussed the forced marriage of U.S. citizens overseas and the Department of State’s work in identifying and addressing cases.

Hanson_AHAconf2013The keynote address was given by Gerard Laarhuis, Assistant Crown Attorney, Ontario, Canada, who profiled the Shafia murders, a horrendous, multi-victim honor killing in Canada.  He was chief prosecutor in the case in which, as he explained afterwards, a jury “found that four strong, vivacious and freedom-loving women were murdered by their own family.”  Explaining to an audience full of stakeholders, he said, “We failed them.  We are here today because we want to do better.”

Laarhuis_AHAconf2013Archana Pyati, Deputy Director of the Immigration Intervention Project at Sanctuary for Families, addressed the topic of female genital mutilation in the United States.  She discussed the phenomenon of “vacation cutting” and how her organization is helping survivors of female genital mutilation and those seeking asylum from FGM in their home countries.

Pyati_AHAconf2013Dr. Phyllis Chesler discussed honor killings in Western countries and, as author of “An American Bride in Kabul,” described her personal experience with honor-based violence.

Chesler_AHAconf2013The 2013 recipient of the annual AHA Foundation Honour Award was Dr. Elizabeth Gibson, a pediatrician from Pennsylvania.  Dr. Gibson was given the award in recognition of her exemplary efforts to assist a young patient in a life-threatening situation.  Dr. Gibson was not willing to accept the argument that the girl’s cultural background was more important than her safety, and worked tirelessly to ensure that the girl received protection and support.

HONOR Award 2013

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