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November 2nd, 2009

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11:53 pm - An American honor killing
There has been a confirmed honor killing in the United States of America.

Excerpted from the article linked above:

PHOENIX (Nov. 2) - A young Iraqi woman whose father allegedly hit her with his car because she had become too Westernized died from her injuries Monday after laying in a coma for nearly two weeks.

Noor Faleh Almaleki, 20, underwent spinal surgery and had been in a hospital since Oct. 20, when police say her father ran down her and her boyfriend's mother with his Jeep as the women were walking across a parking lot in the west Phoenix suburb of Peoria.

At a court hearing over the weekend in Phoenix, county prosecutor Stephanie Low told a judge that Almaleki admitted to committing the crime.

"By his own admission, this was an intentional act and the reason was that his daughter had brought shame on him and his family," Low said. "This was an attempt at an honor killing."

Family members had told police that Almaleki attacked his daughter because he believed she had become too Westernized and was not living according to his traditional Iraqi values.

To say that I am beyond appalled is an understatement.

For years it has been known that these killing occur in Muslim countries. As people from there have migrated to Western democracies, they have taken this horrific custom with them, as reports have surfaced in Europe and the UK of honor killings, although authorities have tried to hush them up, given the potential for racial and religious tension present in these cultures, whose Western values are butting heads with the Islamic mores of a sizable immigrant population.

Now this type of murder has happened in the US.

Recently there was a news item about a girl of Middle-Eastern descent who had run away from home, since she feared being killed by her family for having converted to Christianity. The judge in that case sent her home. In light of what has occurred today, that judicial decision may have been very unwise.

In the United States, we have freedom of religion. That freedom does NOT include the freedom to kill daughters.
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Date:November 3rd, 2009 09:16 am (UTC)
Er no we didn't. We set up special units to deal with it, prosecuted it, made it an aggravating element in sentencing and got imams to give talks on how it was wrong. Same as we did with forced marriages.
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Date:November 5th, 2009 01:18 pm (UTC)
I'm happy to hear that!

The info I've received has mainly been over the net (although I do read UK news sites like the Economist, BBC, Guardian and Independent fairly often) and there what you mentioned seems to be downplayed, if it's mentioned at all. I haven't heard of any similar efforts being made in continental Europe, although again, it might simply not be being reported.

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Date:November 5th, 2009 06:41 pm (UTC)
There's lots of stuff happening with pan-European task forces, we've a forced marriage unit tha takes special responsbility for honour killings, there was a foreced marraige law so as to protect UK citizens, and we've gone out to foreign countries and secured the return of victims, as well as prosecuting people in the UK who've arranged for killings to take place in their #home# countries.
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Date:November 3rd, 2009 11:12 am (UTC)
NOT include the freedom to kill daughters...and wives

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