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Concern over "Honour Violence"

A ‘head in the sand’ approach by Finnish police, towards the macabre phenomenon of …’honour killings. If we just close our eyes, it doesn’t exist.

“While so-called honour killings don’t officially exist in Finland, related violence against women has both authorities and immigrant groups concerned. They have begun teaming up to try and stop the trend.

According to police statistics, there have been no official honour killings in Finland, but immigrant organisations say this is rubbish.Ala Faraj, chairwoman of the Iraqi Women in Finland Association, says at least two such murders have happened, most recently this past April, but authorities and the media have ignored the circumstances.Even though honour killings do not officially exist in the country, Finnish authorities admit that violence related to family honour has appeared here as well.”

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