Honor Killings

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Human rights violations against women have, for too long, been denied the attention and concern of international organizations, national governments, traditional human rights groups and the press. Meanwhile, hundreds of millions of girls and women around the world continue to endure debilitating and often fatal human rights abuses. These are only a few instances of abuse which occur every single day all around the world. Human rights violations against women must be documented, publicized and stopped.
 Brazil: A man who confessed to stabbing his wife and her lover to death is for the second time acquitted of murder by an all-male jury. The acquittal is based on the argument that he acted in legitimate defense of his
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The man she had married was her first cousin; a divorce would certainly cause shame to the family name. Besides, she was told, there was still her younger sister to be married, and should the family name be shamed in such a way, it would be nearly impossible for the young girl to find a suitor.
For four years Samia waited in the hope that her parents would change their minds. Finally, in desperation, she moved out of her family home into a women's shelter in Lahore and turned to Ms. Jilani for help. Together, the two women got to work on finalizing a petition for dissolution of marriage on the grounds of desertion. At the same time, Samia's parents called Jilani and requested she schedule a meeting for them to speak to Samia. Jilani agreed on the condition that only Samia's mother would arrive to the meeting.
What happened next is merely a glimpse at the horrifying acts that take place all over the world amongst hundreds and thousands of women. Samia and Ms. Jilani almost gave up when the mother did not appear at the appointed hour and were packing up to leave when she walked in, not alone as she had promised, but with a man - strongly built and bearded. Samia seemed to have recognized him. He moved forward to greet her as Samia got up, but his "greeting" was a shot in the face from a pistol which he had been concealing in his coat. Samia died instantly.
In the chaos that followed, the killer fled the room, along with Samia's

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