More grim news from Iraq


by Rumbold
30th April, 2009 at 10:26 pm    

A new report from The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq makes for depressing reading:

“The report shows that gender-based violence remains one of the key unaddressed problems throughout Iraq. Numerous murders of women under the guise of so-called “honour killings” are still being recorded as suicides, the report shows, while in the Northern Region of Kurdistan the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) remains a tolerated practice.”

Not that this sort of behaviour is unique to Iraq, but it is dispiriting that it is happening right under our noses, and in a climate that we have helped create.


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  1. douglas clark — on 1st May, 2009 at 7:44 am  

    Yes, that’s pretty depressing.

  2. Galloise Blonde — on 1st May, 2009 at 7:44 pm  

    UNAMI’s been very involved in looking at ‘honour’ killings in the Kurdish north of Iraq, such as this excellent report co-authored with Asuda. The format is quite simillar to UNFPA’s investigation into ‘honour’ killings in Turkey. Reading one after the other gives the impression that attitudes in Sulemaniya in 2009 are definitely more progressive than those in Turkey in 2000.

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