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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-19-12 03:46 AM
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Open season on killing Afghan and Pakistani women (more than usual)
Edited on Thu Jul-19-12 03:50 AM by No Elephants
Remind me how money and arms and military and other services we have given each of those nations in the past dozen years.

U.N.: Justice sought in women killings

Published: July 18, 2012 at 10:09 PM

NEW YORK, July 18 (UPI) -- Pakistani and Afghan authorities must ensure those responsible for the recent killings of women in their countries are brought to justice, a U.N. expert said.

Speaking in New York Tuesday, Rashida Manjoo -- who investigates violence against women and reports to the U.N. Human Rights Council -- referred to the recent killings of Fareeda Afridi, a human rights defender in Pakistan, and Hanifa Safi, a provincial head of the Ministry of Women's Affairs in Afghanistan, and the public execution in Afghanistan of a woman accused of adultery.

"The failure of states to guarantee women's right to a life free from violence allows for a continuum of violence which can end in their death," Manjoo said, U.N. News reported on its Web site. "Whether labeled murder, homicide, femicide, feminicide, or 'honor' killings, these manifestations of violence are culturally and socially embedded, and continue to be accepted, tolerated or justified -- with impunity as the norm."


"The killing of women is indeed a state crime when tolerated by public institutions and officials -- when they are unable to prevent, protect and guarantee the lives of women, who have consequently experienced multiple forms of discrimination and violence throughout their lifetime," Manjoo said, adding it is crucial to acknowledge such incidents are not isolated but are rather "the extreme manifestation of pre-existing forms of violence experienced by women everywhere."


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