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May062007

17 year old Kurdish Girl Stoned to Death in Iraq

BANNED BY YOUTUBE! AGAIN. girlstoning.jpgGruesome videos are here Assyrian International News Agency * VERY GRAPHIC, SHOCKING and DISTURBING. The video banned by YouTube. I agonised about posting this but I think it needs to be seen. Iraq: Amnesty International appalled by stoning to death of Yezidi girl and subsequent killings. Amnesty International is appalled by the killing of Du'a Khalil Aswad, aged about 17, who was stoned to death on or around 7 April 2007 for a so-called honour crime. A member of Iraq's Yezidi religious minority from the village of Bahzan in northern Iraq, she was killed by a group of eight or nine men and in the presence of a large crowd in the town of Bashika, near the city of Mosul. Some of her relatives are said to have participated in the killing. Du'a Khalil Aswad's murder is said to have been committed by relatives and other Yezidi men because she had engaged in a relationship with a Sunni Muslim boy and had been absent from her home for one night. Some reports suggested that she had converted to Islam, but others deny this. Initially, she was reportedly given shelter in the house of a Yezidi tribal leader in Bashika, but her killers stormed the house, took her outside and stoned her to death. Her death by stoning, which lasted for some 30 minutes, was recorded on video film which was then widely distributed and is available on the internet. The film reportedly shows that members of local security forces were present but failed to intervene to prevent the stoning or arrest those responsible. In an apparent act of retaliation, some 23 Yezidi workers were attacked and killed on 22 April, apparently by members of a Sunni armed group. The Yezidis, reportedly all men, were travelling on a bus between Mosul and Bashika when the vehicle was stopped by gunmen, who made the Yezidis disembark and then summarily killed them. Amnesty International condemns in the strongest terms both the murder of Du'a Khalil Aswad and the subsequent murders of the Yezidi men, and is calling on the Iraqi authorities to take immediate steps to identify and bring to justice, through fair trials and without recourse to the death penalty, the perpetrators of these killings. As well, the organization is calling on the Iraqi authorities to investigate whether law enforcement officials were present but failed to intervene to prevent Du'a Khalil Aswad's death by stoning, and to take urgent, concrete measures, including through legislative reforms, to protect those at risk of becoming victims of so-called "honour crimes." Background There are frequent reports of "honour crimes" in Iraq - in particular in the predominantly Kurdish north of the country. Most victims of "honour crimes" are women and girls who are considered by their male relatives and others to have shamed the women's families by immoral behaviour. Often grounds for such accusations are flimsy and no more than rumour. "Honour crimes" are most often perpetrated by male members of the woman's family in the belief that such crimes restore their and their family's honour. While the Kurdish authorities introduced legal reforms to address "honour killings" they have, however, failed to investigate and prosecute those responsible for such crimes. Amnesty International has documented its concerns about Iraqi women victims of human rights violations, including "honour crimes", in a report issued in February 2005 (Iraq: Decades of suffering-Now women deserve better, AI Index: MDE 14/001/2005, http://web.amnesty.org/library/Index...pen&of=ENG-IRQ) Another video here - 17 year old girl stoned to death

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Why do we still have religions that condone this behavior, if you were to say to these people that they are animals it would be complimenting them. They are cowards, a single young female being overwhelmed by a group of men & possibly women (the video does not show) all joining forces to stone her to death and kick her while she is down. I hope they all die a painful death and suffer for what they did. How am I to say this?? Does it make me as bad as them? I am merely expressing myself, not committing the murder as they did. These people see themselves as getting rid of another sinning person but how can one pass judgment like that when committing a crime themselves. I say to these people you are a joke; your beliefs are a joke.

My view 2007 out.
May 6, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMyView2007
This is an Honor-Killing? Girls that disrespect and has caused shame to the family are allowed to be stoned to Death? Hear that shit, Paris? Christ, the wealthiest slut in the world would have dead years ago! My Heart and prayers go out to that innocent girl and pray (to my God of choice) that something is done to the family members and bystanders who allowed this to happen. The Security Force who stood by are nothing but mindless cowards. To bad a handful of US Marines didn't see this shit! Then we could have had true "Honor-Killing"
May 6, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterTSoprano1
BoingBoing ran the video today. Seems they have more balls than YouTube. I'm still haunted by this. This isn't medieval - it's Stone Age behaviour. We have a word for people like this - mongrels.
May 7, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterEmEl
There are no words that can describe the sadness I feel in my heart. However, I also feel a tremendous rage because I cannot understand how a group of so called holy believers can commit such an atorcity. They pray all through the day? for what? To become better criminals? How can you believe in a religion that is based on hatred and besitality?
Who is their God? Satan?
The United States is always being criticized by the middle east for being infidels.
Well, I rather be a faithful christian than a hipocrit religious murderer.
I cried while I watched the video, and yet I am glad about the fact that you are exposing such horrible criminal acts. May the soul of that poor girl rest in peace.
May 7, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterjk
It's just appalling, I have a daughter the same age as the poor girl & it's made me weep. She looked so young and obviously vulnerable.I don't think you can blame such atrocities on what these people believe in, though. Track back to the My lai massacre, perpetrated by so called 'Christians'.These people are low pack animals. You find them the world over.
I don't believe civilisation will ever be accomplished on Earth.
There are too many bad people and very few good.
Thanks for posting this, though.
It shows this world for what it is. One big lie!
May 7, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterIseult
I am an atheist and proud to be one. The best solution for us here in the US is to stop buying the oil. Then we can let these barbarians starve.
We also have to let these savages kill each other. This video demonstrates quite clearly that they are not human.
May 8, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterChris Baker
To those morons who think this had nothing to do with islam:

Yezidis are a Kurdish sect, named after their supposed founder Yezid, the Umayyad Caliph. The Yezidi revere the Prophet Mohammed and the Sufi mystic Adi Musafir, a descendent of the Umayyad Caliphs (Kalifs). Adi is credited with writing many of the Yezidi Holy texts and is possibly the originator of the faith. Islamic writings mention the religion as early as the fourteenth century, but some scholars link them to Mithraism, Zoroastrianism, and even ancient Iraqi Buzzard worshippers. Yezidism is an enigma that has confounded scholars and incited debate for some time. The influence of Islam on the religion is heavy and obscures other aspects.
The influence of Islam on the religion is heavy and obscures other aspects.
The influence of Islam on the religion is heavy and obscures other aspects.
The influence of Islam on the religion is heavy and obscures other aspects.
The influence of Islam on the religion is heavy and obscures other aspects.
May 8, 2007 | Unregistered Commentertypiuc
Not to be a skeptic or anything, but are there any scenes where you actually see her being beaten. You see her bloody, then as soon as someone's about to do something, the camera shakes, and you can't see anything. Did they stop throwing rocks, other than the few that are around her? Seems a little odd for a woman STONED TO DEATH. Anyway, in a skeptic's eye, this could be staged. To show us how the Iraquis are "animals" who still need to be "tamed" by the US. Anybody who condones violence is a killer. No matter what country they call home.
May 8, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterBobby
@ Bobby - "Not to be a skeptic or anything". WTF? "Staged"??It's endorsed by Amnesty International for fucks sake you moron.
May 8, 2007 | Registered CommenterMalcolm Lambe
what the reason to post this video? to prove the use of Americans troops in Iraq?
May 8, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJag
@ Jag - "to prove the use of American troops in Iraq"???WTF? Have you even read my comments?
May 8, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterEmEl
i dont think it was staged. and i dont think that it has anything to do with american presence in iraq. i think it is just a horrific, strange thing that is maybe (culturally and historically)) not as strange as school and university killings in the usa. it is all wrong. dont try and kid yourselves - we are all human. we are capable of atrocities. dont forget the trash you clean out from your own backyard.
May 8, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterclyde oz
You see? It's a reliegeon of peace!

There holy leader Mohammad was a pedophile.

Savages
May 8, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterStuntman
dear bobby...if u look with ur two F eyes..u cn see they drag her out without any blood on her..
May 8, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterHitmen
i think this was a cruel thing made by thosepeople who did it, I think their problemcould be solved in toher'better' ways instead. But I notice that many people begin to 'dislike' this people, thinking that they are like animals and so on. This cannot be said because not everybody are like this,so it's very unfair of some to compare the people in Iraque with dogs or other animals.
May 8, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterhkjhkjh
This just brings me to tears....

its like one writer wrote:

"I don't believe civilisation will ever be accomplished on Earth.
It shows this world for what it is. One big lie!"


I just hate the fact that nobody tried to help, i cant truly beliave that everybody in the crowd were rootly evil.
And by that, they did not dare to help.
THIS IS MADNESS!!!!
May 8, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAxi
It's easy to sit here and say "these people are all animals, they should be put down!" etc, etc. And it's easy to sit here and say that someone should've done something, "how cowardly of everyone to just stand there and watch this poor, young girl be beaten to death".
But this is how the human pysche works. We follow. If someone with authority tells us "our religion tells us she has commited a horrible sin, she must face the consequences" - we believe it, because that's how we've been brought up, that's what we've been tought all our lives. And so, sadly, we follow.
To change this entire masses mindset right then and there would've been impossible. The men who did the beating probably truly believed they were doing the right thing. And if you don't do what you are convinced of being the right thing, you do the wrong thing and who wants to be wrong?
Someone here said that this is "a religion of hate".
Maybe it's just men filled with hate, who have never known anything else?

The best way to make these things stop is not to just sit here and condemn it, but to actually step outside of your own "comfort zone" and try to educate them in the name of love.
For if we start hating them for what they do, we're no better. We don't beat them to death, but we sure as hell don't prevent it from happening again.
'Cause we're "safe", far far away from "those animals" so we don't really have to care about them. We can just be happy with hating them.
But honestly - when has segregation, ignorance and fear ever led to anything good?
Never.
It's a godawful thing that has happened, but I don't know what's worse. A girl being brutally murdered because she fell in love with "the wrong man", or an entire nation being hated and shunned for what a few did?
Just think about that.
May 8, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterPixen
Malcolm, I'm a 'moron' for questioning things? "Baaaaa!"

@ Bobby, Care to enlighten us? Have you researched it? Or are you just like a conspiracy-theorist? Brave of you not to leave an email or website address.
May 9, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterBobby
people have to see this to understand why democracy won't work with uneducated and hence religious extremists. it's sad to say, but it's no surprise western/modern model isn't working in iraq. how the hell is any politican gonna have even a shot at creating peace with people like this. good luck bush, condi and all the other politicans who think they will save iraq.
May 9, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterchorn
It sickens me to watch something like this. Its a horrible thing, though it must be brought into view and dealt with. Its hard to believe there are people out there in the world that condone and support this behavior. It reminds me alot of the jihad bombings accross the world. "In the name of Allah". In the name of Allah? By the beliefs, your god creates you with love and devotion. It is an honor to die in the name of Allah, but dieing in the name of Allah to kill innocent civilians who happened to be around when the bomber went off? What about the families of those who perished? If i were God, i'd be disgraced. I wouldn't support that sort of behavior.
Unfortunately, its this sort of thing that has caused me to loose faith in any form of religion. Its horrifying to see this type of stuff happen, and you'd think a caring and loving god would intervine to stop it. Yet we see nothing, so how am i supposed to believe?
Now mind all of you, Christianity, Judaism, Buddhists, and the rest aren't innocent either. Religion creates and holds this world today in society's arms. Yet it also seems to destroy and corrupt it. A double edged blade perhaps?

Perhaps in time society will mature... perhaps.
May 9, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterKeys

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