Friday, March 23, 2012

Does 943 Mean Anything To You? Or 791?

From here
At least 943 Pakistani women and girls were murdered last year for allegedly defaming their family’s honor, the country’s leading human rights group said Thursday.

The statistics highlight the growing scale of violence suffered by many women in conservative Muslim Pakistan, where they are frequently treated as second-class citizens and there is no law against domestic violence.

Despite progress on better protecting women’s rights, activists say the government needs to do more to prosecute murderers in cases largely dismissed by police as private, family affairs.

“At least 943 women were killed in the name of honor, of which 93 were minors,” wrote the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan in its annual report.

Seven Christian and two Hindu women were among the victims, it said.

The Commission reported 791 “honor killings” in 2010.

Does anyone know how many were killed in the Palestinian Authority? *

In June 2011, Abbas said one thing, but as of this past February, nothing:

The Palestinian Women's Movement is awaiting the implementation of the reconciliation deal between Hamas and Fatah, which will pave the way for a legitimate parliament to approve the long-awaited legislation which abolishes the legal clauses that allow crimes of honour.

In an interview with Gulf News, Rawdah Baseer..."We resent those two clauses which led to the death of many innocent women in our land," she said.

That surely is a human rights concern.

"An average of 12 women are killed annually in the Palestinian Territories on honour grounds," has said Rawdah Baseer, an activist of the Palestinian Feminist Movement and head of the Palestinian Women's Studies Centre.

1 comment:

NormanF said...

But every one knows Yisrael Medad and his wife Batya and their kids are the greatest threat to human rights on the planet today.

Its not Arab honor killings, its not Syria's massacre of Arabs and its not the persecution of Christians in the Arab Muslim World that upset UN Human Rights Council yesterday.

No - its Jewish families like the Medads in Shilo and across Judea and Samaria that got them to appoint a commission to investigate this very "urgent" human rights problem. Its all about priorities.