Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Friday, July 20, 2007

Prime Minister Barzani: Honor killing is murder

Nechirvan Barzani, Prime Minister for the Kurdistan Regional Government, has spoken out to religious leaders against the act of honor killing, according to a press release issued by the KRG on Tuesday

Barzani asked that senior clerics “spread a message of peace and tolerance in mosques and society.” He also heavily emphasized the message that “killing under the pretext of protecting honor is murder.”

“We will find those who commit these terrible crimes and we will prosecute them to the full extent of the law”, Barzani proclaimed.

He added: “We have made a commitment to women’s rights, and we are determined to see it through.”

Barzani is engaging civic and religious leaders to help build social support to end the practice. The dialogue with the religious leaders is part of a larger strategy to increase awareness of cultural and social problems.

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