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Is it okay to kill Iraqi women?

24 6 15

Awarding Iraqi Yazidi activist, Nadia Murad, the Nobel Peace Prize on October 5, 2018 was the culmination of respect for the Yazidi women who fell into the hands of Daesh and were subjected to the worst forms of rape and physical and psychological torture, as well as respect for the women who were murdered in cold blood in the streets of Iraqi cities in broad daylight. This is after the assassination and murder of female civil activists and social figures, particularly in Baghdad, became a phenomenon that concern women and the citizen in general and deserves the condemnation of human rights organisations and women’s rights organisations in Iraq, the UN, and the across the world. These are crimes against humanity and is an organised phenomenon increasing in frequency, while the perpetrators remain unknown.

On 16 August, beauty expert, Rafif Al-Yasiri, died in Baghdad, the cause of which is unknown. Them a week later, Rasha Al-Hassan, a journalist and owner of a beauty centre in Baghdad, was killed, followed by Iraqi activist, Suad Al-Ali, who was killed in one of Basra’s most prominent commercial areas. Miss Baghdad runner-up in 2015, Tara Fares, was killed, and the Interior Ministry and concerned security authorities did not announce the real reasons behind her death.

Shaima Kassem, a fashion model and media personality, posted a video on social media saying that she has received death threats. In addition to this, Kuwaiti television personality, Mai Eidan, spoke about Iraqi actress, Dumooa Tahseen, receiving death threats.

The killing of four Iraqi women during a short period, over no more than two months, has increased concerns and fear and has........

© Middle East Monitor