This time however it involves the members of the little known Yazidi religion, whose members are Iraqi Kurds, but obviously borrow heavily from the region’s cultural and religious practices belonging to majority who follow Islam. According to the Daily Mail, this poor girl was dragged out her home by eight or nine males and subsequently stoned to death for improper relations with a male boy, presumably a Sunni.
The practice of honor killing is thus not an exclusive Islamic phenomenon but a regional one, but of course the influence of Islam on the region is a major contributing factor. This is particularly galling as it is outrageous and disgusting for those of us in the west who have been pulling for the Kurds, championing them as a beacon of light in that dark portion of the globe.
There has to be some serious repercussions over this, as it can’t be allowed to go unpunished. If Iraq is to be set on a new course, there can’t be any official sanctioning of honor killings in a post Saddam era. What a totally disgusting display of brutality. *L* KGS
To: Kurdistan Regional Government
International Campaign against killings and stoning of women in Kurdistan Condemn the brutal stoning to death of Doa – a young girl whose only crime was to fall in love. Doa was stoned to death in the centre of the town of Bashiqa in front of hundreds of people and the authorities did not prevent this crime from happening. On the contrary, they were present and paving the way for this horrific crime to be carried out.
Although a crime of this nature is very new to Kurdistan, this is an indication that such crimes against women are now tolerated. Doas killers are still free. The government’s failure to protect women, and enforce laws against criminals, has created a situation where thousands of women become victims of so called “honour killings”. Violence has risen as result of patriarchal and religious traditions.
We strongly condemn this barbaric act, and call upon all human rights and womens rights organisations, political parties, and activists in Kurdistan and globally to condemn this crime. In the 21st century, for such crimes to be carried out in broad daylight is not only a shame on society as whole, but most of all, it is a shame on a government that is unable to protect women from such inhumane and backward practices. The stoning of Doa sets a dangerous precedent for more women to become victims of stoning.
- We hold the Kurdistan Regional Government responsible for the lives and protection of women in this region, and we believe that the brutalisation and victimisation of women must come to an end.
We the undersigned therefore demand: That the Kurdistan Regional Government brings the killers to justice and punishes them. The Kurdistan regional Government should set laws against terror, killings and oppression of women, and punish criminals.
Houzan Mahmoud: Representative abroad of Organisation of Womens Freedom in Iraq and campaign coordinator
Raga Rauf: Writer and womens rights activist and campaign coordinator
Samera Mohammed: Editor of Rasan womens newspaper in Kurdistan
Yanar Mohammed: President Of Organisation of Womens Freedom in Iraq
Aram Ali: Coordinator of the Kurdish website www.bopeshawa.com
Baker Ahmad: Writer and poet
Dler Colnadar: member of executive board of CHAK organisation
Omar Faris: coordinator of a Kurdish website www.kurdsitannet.org
Dina Nammi: International Campaign against Honour Killings
Chro Sabir: Director of Rasan womens organisation in Kurdistan
Hana Shwan: Journalist and womens rights activist in Kurdistan
Hamza Abd: The Iraqi Cultural House in Gothenburg-Sweden To join this campaign or to show your support pleases contact:
Campaign Coordinators: Houzan Mahmoud and Rega Rauf email@example.com Or firstname.lastname@example.org 26/04/2007