A murder in Iraq has sparked global attention. ALJAZEERA carries AFP's report:
The death of a young YouTube star at the hands of her father has sparked outrage in Iraq, where so-called “honour killings” continue to take place.
Tiba al-Ali, 22, was killed by her father on January 31 in the southern province of Diwaniya, interior ministry spokesman Saad Maan said on Twitter on Friday.
Her murder is prompting numerous Tweets. Here's a sample.
TW: sexual assault,murder— Tehmina Kaoosji (@TehminaKaoosji) February 5, 2023
This is FEMICIDE -NO HONOUR in killing women & media must highlight femicide instead of minimising.
Tiba al-Ali, 22,was murdered by her father while visiting 🇮🇶
Reports say she fled to live in 🇹🇷 as her brother had been sexually assaulting her. pic.twitter.com/8xcErKrL0s
This is Tiba al-Ali from Iraq,an 'honour k1lling' victim. Her father killed her because he could not tolerate her choice to live independently in Turkey.From Iraq to Afghanistan to Iran to Pakistan,women are made to carry the 'honor' of insecure men & it can cost them their lives pic.twitter.com/52BrDBX97t— Muneeb Qadir (@muneebqadirmmq) February 4, 2023
YouTuber Tiba al-Ali, who started to live in Turkey since 2017, went to Iraq to support his country's team in the Gulf International Cup, and the young girl who met with her family, who was not on good terms, was killed by her father on January 31, pic.twitter.com/iFoaQ7kZ7y— Nico (@Nico00503) February 4, 2023
The death of 22-year-old Iraqi Youtuber Tiba al-Ali at the hands of her father has sparked outrage across the country over the practice known as 'honour killing'. @JaneDodgeC4 reports.https://t.co/jYTG3CBr6F— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) February 4, 2023
JUST IN: #BNNIraq Reports.— Gurbaksh Singh Chahal (@gchahal) February 4, 2023
The death of Iraqi YouTube star Tiba al-Ali at the hands of her father has sparked outrage in the conservative country where so-called "honor killings" remain rife.#Iraq #Honor_killing pic.twitter.com/AoG2ilF5Y2
The is no honour in so-called "honour' killings of women (and LGBTs) in Muslim countries— Peter Tatchell (@PeterTatchell) February 4, 2023
Tiba al-Ali, 22, allegedly fled the family home after being sexually assaulted by her brother, before being murdered by he fatherhttps://t.co/0NWdYImF6F@MaryamNamazie @CCriadoPerez
"The death of Iraqi YouTube star Tiba al-Ali at the hands of her father has sparked outrage in the conservative country where so-called "honor killings" remain rife."https://t.co/Z0oSUBTDku— Rebecca Anne Proctor (@rebeccaaproctor) February 5, 2023
The European Union's Ambassador to Iraq Tweets:
I am appalled by the brutal murder of the 22 year old Tiba al-Ali. I call on the GoI to end impunity in cases of domestic and gender based violence and to explicitly criminalise these acts in accordance with international human rights standards by passing relevant laws. 1/— Ville Varjola 🇪🇺 🇮🇶 (@EUAmbIraq) February 4, 2023
Some stats from FEMICIDE relating to honour codes in society ⬇️ These are severe underestimates due to lack of focused reporting, cases with public spotlight like Tiba Al-Ali’s are rare as she was a YouTube personality— Tehmina Kaoosji (@TehminaKaoosji) February 5, 2023
•5000 🌍 per year
•1000 in 🇮🇳
•1000 in 🇵🇰
•12 in 🇬🇧
These voice recordings are the last that Tiba al-Ali managed to send her friends, before her father strangled her to death on Wednesday, after she revealed that her brother raped her in 2017.— Megaphone (@megaphone_news) February 2, 2023
1/2#TibaAlAli #Abuse #WomensRights https://t.co/hxDsrXd7qg
Unverified recordings of conversations between Ali and her father
appeared to indicate that he was unhappy about her decision to remain in
Turkey, according to AFP. In the recording, Ali also revealed to her
parents that she was raped by her brother in 2017. Her parents
acknowledged the assault but told her to forget about the incident.
After strangling his daughter to death, Ali's father surrendered to the authorities, according to Maan.
So her brother rapes her, her parents know and the response of the father -- for 'honor' -- is to kill her and not her brother who raped her?
There is no such thing as 'honor' killings and if that was never clear to you before, it should be now. He raped his own sister but the one to be killed was the woman?
Amnesty International issued the following:
Reacting to the horrific murder of blogger Tiba Ali, who was murdered by her father in a family dispute, Aya Majzoub, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa, said:
“Until the Iraqi authorities adopt robust legislation to protect women and girls from gender-based violence, we will inevitably continue to witness horrific murders such as that suffered by Tiba Ali, apparently at the hands of her own father.
“Iraq has failed to criminalize domestic violence despite an increase in reporting of incidents of domestic violence by national NGOs. Shockingly, the Iraqi penal code still treats leniently so called “honour crimes’ comprising violent acts such as assault and even murder. There is also no effective system in place for reporting domestic violence nor adequate shelters to protect women and girls.
“The murder of Tiba Ali must be investigated, the perpetrator brought to justice and the sentence must be commensurate with the gravity of this terrible crime, without recourse to the death penalty.”
Tiba Ali had, local media reported, been living in Turkey and was under threat by her family but she had returned to Iraq for a visit, only to be killed on 1 February 2023. Her father has reportedly surrendered to the authorities. News of her murder broke on Wednesday night and social media users began to condemn the killing and call for accountability under the hashtag ‘We Demand Tiba’s Rights.’
A draft law on domestic violence was tabled and debated in the Iraqi Parliament in 2019 and 2020 but has stalled since then. In 2020, UN agencies in Iraq expressed their concern at the rising number of domestic violence cases during the Covid-19 pandemic.
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