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Extra-Judicial Killing for the Preservation of the So-called Family Honor

Field Update

08 May 2007


Woman Killed in Rafah for “Saving Family Honor”

On Tuesday morning, 8 May 2007, the Palestinian police arrested ‘Alaa’ ‘Owaida after he had murdered his sister in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah allegedly to save “ his family honor.”

According to investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately 02:00 on Tuesday, 8 May 2007, the police arrived at a house in Tal al-Sultan neighborhood in the west of Rafah after receiving information that a woman was killed for “family honor.” The police found the body of Khawla Ahmed ‘Owaida, 35, inside the house. She was killed by a gunshot to the head. Her brother, 32-year-old ‘Alaa’, confessed committing the crime to save his “family honor,” and the police arrested him.

PCHR strongly condemns this crime, and:

1)      Stresses that this crime constitutes an assault on the rule of law.

2)      Asserts that it constitutes a form of extra-judicial killing, which violates the right to life and the right not to be subjected to torture and cruel and inhuman treatment.

3)      Calls upon the Palestinian National Authority to take effective measures to combat this phenomena through taking legal action against those who commit crimes in the name of saving family honor.






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