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10/29/2004 - Pakistan Proposes Harsher Punishments for Honor Killings and Forced Marriage
In a move that many human rights and women's rights advocates see as a positive step forward, Pakistan's lower house of Parliament passed legislation that proposes death sentences for certain honor killing cases....

10/11/2004 - Hundreds of Pakistani Activists Protest Honor Killings
Hundreds of Pakistani women's rights and human rights activists and lawmakers demonstrated outside of the Pakistani parliament in Islamabad last Friday to protest the governments lack of action against honor killings and violence against women....

6/24/2004 - European Police Meet to End Honor Killings
European police met in The Hague earlier this week to discuss ways to eradicate honor killings....

6/7/2004 - Report: Turkey Fails To Protect Women from Violence
A leading human rights organization issued a report criticizing the Turkish government and judiciary for failing to protect women from violence....

5/26/2004 - Protest in Pakistan Condemns Honor Killings
Pakistani civil society organizations, members of Parliament, and members of political parties recently staged a protest in Peshawar, Pakistan against the rise of violence against women in the province....

5/4/2004 - Report: Jordanian Women Threatened With Honor Killings in Jail
A leading human rights organization recently released a report detailing the attempted killings and murders of women by male relatives in the name of "honor." The Human Rights Watch report also documents the cases of women who have been in prison because they were threatened with honor killings....

4/8/2004 - Woman Faces Threat of Honor Killing in Pakistan
A young woman from the Sindh Province of Pakistan has appealed to Pakistans President Musharraf for protection from being killed in the name of "honor." According to IRIN News, Rozina Ujjar was divorced by her husband for standing outside of her house at the same time that a 15-year-old boy passed by....

3/31/2004 - Women's Bill Introduced in Pakistan
A bill to abolish laws that discriminate against women in Pakistan has been presented before Pakistan's parliament....

3/10/2004 - Women's Rights Leaders Speak Out on Violence Against Women
At a Congressional Forum on International Women's Rights and Security yesterday, several Congresswomen and women's rights leaders asserted that more work needs to be done to end violence against women around the world....

12/23/2003 - Pakistani Women Gain Right to Choose Whom They Marry
Pakistan's highest court ruled that a Muslim woman can marry of her own free will without the permission of her parents or guardians....

7/16/2003 - Law Enforcement Fails to Respond to Reports of Rape and Abduction in Iraq
Widespread reports of abduction and rape of women in Iraq have been met with disinterest from Iraqi and US authorities, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reports in a study released today....

6/5/2003 - Man Sentenced to Only One Year for Killing Sister in Jordan
A 20-year-old man, who strangled his pregnant sister to death, was sentenced to one year in prison by the Jordanian Criminal Court....

5/19/2003 - Arab Activists Discuss Violence Against Women
Women's groups from the Arab world called upon their respective governments to break through social taboos and stop violence against women....

3/6/2003 - Ashcroft to Review Gender-Based Violence as Basis for Asylum
Attorney General John Ashcroft is reconsidering a case that could have far-reaching implications for using gender-based persecution and violence as a basis for granting asylum to refugees, according to the Los Angeles Times....

12/12/2002 - Honor Killings on the Rise in Pakistan
Honor killings in Pakistan have risen 25 percent since last year, according to Pakistans Human Rights Commission (HRC)....

7/3/2002 - Six Arrested in Tribal Council-Ordered Gang Rape in Pakistan
District police in Pakistans Punjab province arrested six suspects yesterday in connection with the tribal court-ordered gang rape of an 18-year-old girl....

2/14/2002 - National Geographic Exposes Honor Killings
National Geographic yesterday premiered a documentary on its cable television channel focusing on honor killings in Pakistan....

8/11/2000 - Women In The Middle East Fight To Boost Their Status And Human Rights
Womens rights advocates in the Middle East are fighting to end honor killings, polygamy, and repressive marriage laws....

7/11/2000 - CEDAW Committee Deplores Honor Killings
Gender inequity persists in forms such as "honor killings," trafficking and sexual exploitation, and legal restrictions on property rights, reported members of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the only UN human rights body that exclusively addresses women's rights....