Friday, June 1, 2007

More on the battle for Universal Human Rights--This Time from Palestinian NGO!

It is saddening to see the increase in violence against Palestinian women but it is heartening to see a Palestinian NGO bringing these heinous crimes to light. We must continue to demand that universal human rights are respected everywhere. To re-quote Nonie Darwish,
"Though the Middle East is a complex region with many ancient variables, customs, differences and animosities, we must apply a universal concept of human rights, women's rights and minority rights to all countries on the globe -- with no exceptions for any religion or ideology.Those Americans who stood up for these rights in the '60s -- and still do today -- are the natural allies of moderate Muslims in our struggle against Middle East religious and political tyranny. Stand with us now."

MAAN NEWS AGENCY---------------------------
Palestinian NGOs reveal rising rates of so-called 'honour killings'
Date: 28 / 05 / 2007
Ramallah - Ma'an -
A forum of Palestinian organizations which fight anti-women violence published on Monday a report about killing Palestinian women under the guise of so-called family honour. The report covered 3 years from 2004 to 2006
During this period the number of women killed increased from 14 to 32, with the ages of the victims ranging from 12 to 85. Of the 32 victims, 30 of the murdered girls were Muslim. In 17 cases, the perpetrators were brothers, while in 5 cases, fathers killed their own daughters.. and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, Danish International Development Assistance (DANIDA), Ma'an News Agency Commitments-1. To supply 24-hour news, for free, in Arabic, en, and Hebrew for local, regional, and international readers and media professionals. 2. To produce news items on political, social, economic, cultural, and sports events. Our on-line News agency reports the facts and delivers high quality pictures. MNA is known for being reliable, objective, accurate, balanced, and informed. Ma'an News Agency
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