Update 08/26: Based on the information contained in Azadiya Welat’s comment, I have sent the following email to OWFI: After drafting a blog post on honor killings in Kurdish Iraq, a commenter brought to my attention the fact that Khanaqin, the city where the vicious stoning of Sara Jaffar Nimat occurred, is actually still under the control of the Diyala governorate, not the autonomous Kurdish region, although last year the town council voted to be separated from control of the Diyala governorate and be allowed to join the Autonomous Kurdistan region, with a referendum scheduled for December 2007.
At this time, what effect if any will petitioning representatives of the KRG have with regards to bringing ‘immediate justice’ to Sara Jaffar Nimat? Should I not be directing my readers to petition the Diyala governorate/central Iraqi government with regards to this specific incident?
Further clarification on this apparent discrepancy would be greatly appreciated.
Will update further once I have received a response.
Condemn another hideous stoning of an 11 years old girl inKurdistan
Sara Jaffar Nimat is an 11-year-old girl from the town of Khanaqin in Iraqi Kurdistan. She was murdered on the 3rd August.
The painful, degrading and horrific killing of Sara is another outrageous crime against young girls and women in Kurdistan. Sara was only in fifth grade at school. Loved by her friends, they played together on the night she was killed.
Sara’s body was found in a nearby empty building. It had been hit by bricks, stones, and then burnt. There is not much information yet about who committed such a barbaric crime against an innocent young girl.
Killings of young girls and women in Kurdistan are rapidly rising and such killings occur even more openly than before. After the murder of Du’a Khalil Aswad, a 17-year-old Yazidi girl stoned to death in public, at least another 40 women have been killed – among them Amina, a 12 year old girl killed by her father, under the pretext that she was “in love with a neighbor”, and Sara an 11-year-old.
We have consistently demanded that the government in Kurdistan must bring to justice those responsible for these terrible murders, but it seems that compromising with tribes and war lords, and neglecting women’s rights are more high up on the agenda of the parties in power than protecting women at risk. Therefore violence against women is now targeting females who are as young as 11 years old.
This is a dangerous situation; our society is not safe for its women. Our streets, homes, and buildings, are all places which murder takes place in them. Women can no longer trust their male relatives; they fear their own fathers, brothers, and husbands. What kind of society is this if women don’t feel safe at any time or place?
We strongly condemn this horrific killings and demand immediate justice for Sara.
We call upon all of you to write letters of protest to the Kurdistan Regional Government demanding:
-Justice for Sara, Amina, Du’a and many more women and girls who have been killed.
-end to all kinds of violence against women and so called honour killings.
-recognizing women as a human being and consider equal rights for them by law.
Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq- Representative Abroad
After the cut, contact information for the Kurdistan Regional Government, and Everywoman on honour killings.
Contact the KRG:
* KRG Representation in CIS countries
Moscow, Russian Federation
Phone: +7(095)248 44 50
Fax: +7(095)248 44 50
* KRG Representation in United Arab Emirates
* KRG Representation in Austria
Vertretung der Regionalregierung Kurdistan-Irak in Österreich
P.O. Box 49
A-1011 Vienna, Austria
Phone: +43 664 34 50 465
Fax: +43 1 544 03 05
* KRG Mission to the European Union
rue de la loi 221
Phone: +32-2-513 72 28
Fax: +32-2-513 36 79
* KRG Representation in France
Phone: +33 1 42 65 18 45
Fax: +33 1 42 65 18 46
* KRG Representation in Germany
Vertretung der Regionalregierung-Kurdistan Irak in Deutschland
P.O. Box 150 101
D-10633 Berlin, Germany
Phone: +49 30 7974 8491
Fax: +49 30 7974 8492
* KRG Representation in the Nordic Countries
SE-170 07 Solna
Phone: +46 8 442 0505
Fax: +46 8 442 0905
* KRG Representation in Spain and Portugal
Carlos Kurdi Gravi
C/ ALGABEÑO, 79, PTA 112
Phone: +34 91 7599475
Fax: +34 91 3001638
Mobile: +34 619251412 and +34 616910708
* KRG Representation in Switzerland
Dr. Fauzi Kaddur
Phone: +41 71 333 31 55
Fax: +41 71 333 30 29
Mobile: +41 79 601 35 55
* KRG Representation in Poland
Rynek Glówny 39/8
Phone: +48 12 429-11-93
Fax: +48 12 429-11-93
* KRG Representation in the United Kingdom
Winchester House, 8th Floor
259-269 Old Marylebone Road
London NW1 5RA
Phone: +44 (0)20 7170 4300
Fax: +44 (0)20 7170 4301
* KRG Representation in the USA
1634 Eye St., NW, Suite 210
Washington DC 20006
Phone: +1 202 637 2496
Fax: +1 202 637 2723
* KRG Representation in Australia
P O Box 491 Liverpool
NSW 2170 Sydney
Phone: 612 98 22 22 72
Fax: 612 98 22 22 76
Everywoman: Honour Killings -Part One (featuring OWFI’s Houzan Mahmoud)