Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Friday, May 16, 2008

Wave of honor killings, suicides, leaves 14 Kurdish women dead

Iraqi Kurdistan has witnessed a spike in violence against women over the past week and a half, with 14 women left dead and 17 wounded in different parts of the region, KurdishMedia.com reported Thursday.

Half of the deaths have been deemed suicides – some by self-immolation – and six appear to be “honor killings,” with the women killed at the hands of their own relatives for sexual experiences out of wedlock and so-called social problems.

The article notes that in Sulaimaniyah governorate so far this year, “50 women have lost their lives by fire; 3 women have been shot dead; and, 8 women have been suffocated.”

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