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Ceremony remembers honor killing Kurdish victim in Sweden  27.5.2012 

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19-year-old Maria Barin Aydin, stabbed to death by her brother. Photo: Ekurd.net/Youtube. See Related Links


Hundreds of human rights activists from Sweden and abroad attended a ceremony for Maria Barin, a young Kurdish girl and the victim of a recent honor-killing incident.


Prominent Egyptian writer and Noble Peace Prize candidate Dr. Nawal Saadawi said she believes religion and culture play a part in such incidents, but murdering women “in Kurdistan, Iran or wherever in the world is a part of a larger violence against women throughout the world.”
 

May 27, 2012

STOCKHOLM,— In Stockholm last week, hundreds of human rights activists from Sweden and abroad attended a ceremony for Maria Barin, a young Kurdish girl and the victim of a recent honor-killing incident.

Among the hundreds of attendants was Dr Nawal Saadawi, the famous Egyptian writer and Noble Peace Prize candidate.

Pictures of female victims of domestic violence were displayed at the ceremony, held in Stockholm. Attendants condemned the practice of honor killing.

Barin’s mother, in jail until recently for involvement in the murder, did not participate in the ceremony.

Maria Barin, 19, from a family originally from Iraqi Kurdistan, was murdered in Lanskrona, in southern Sweden.

According to police investigations, Barin’s family were the perpetuators. One of Maria’s brothers is currently held in detention.

G. A. Khalaf, Maria’s father, who is said to have a government post in Iraqi Kurdistan, forced Maria to go back to Kurdistan at the age of 13 for an arranged marriage.

According to statements from Maria’s stepmother and sister, she was helped several times, “but Maria lived a difficult life. She had faced violence from her mother and father on several occasions.”

Saga, Barin’s stepsister, pointed to Maria’s cries for help and the negligence of the authorities. Barin had asked for help many times,” Saga said.

Sara Muhammad, the organizer of the ceremony, told Rudaw, “I feel embarrassed when I hear a human being was killed to reclaim honor!”

She also remarked on Barin’s pleas for help and the negligence of police. “The lack of care for her concerns was justified by the lack of financial ability to support her,” Muhammad said.

Khamnak, Barin’s sister, said, “This murder case and other similar killings of Kurdish girls has drawn the attention of Swedish media.”

“When we talk to Swedish citizens, we have to start with an oath that we are not in support of killing women.” Khamnak said.

Arkan Ali, a Kurdish writer, blamed the Swedish authorities for not protecting Barin’s life.

“Barin was a friend of mine since childhood. She was always seeking help and her life was in constant danger,” Ali said.

Nawal Saadawi said she believes religion and culture play a part in such incidents, but murdering women “in Kurdistan, Iran or wherever in the world is a part of a larger violence against women throughout the world.”

“Due to their bravery, Kurdish women are talked about more in these cases.” Saadawi told Rudaw. “A global violence against women exists in our contemporary world.”

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