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Honor Killings / Iraq / The Tradition / Deif Interview #860867

CNN Evening News for Friday, May 18, 2007
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Report introduced.

(New York: Randi Kaye) The murder in northern Iraq last month of a 17-year-old Kurdish woman, Dua Khalil, who was kicked and stoned to death, reviewed; scenes shown of the cell phone video of this "honor killing"; details given of the arrests in the mob murder. [Amnesty International Malcolm SMART†- wonders about the complicity.] [Organization of Women's Freedom in Iraq director Houzan MAHMOUD†- comments on these killings.] [Kurdistan regional government Qubad TALABANI†- outlines what is being done to help victims of these kinds of crimes.]

(Studio and Turkey: Anderson Cooper) The case of an honor killing in Turkey reviewed; details given about the concept of this centuries-old tradition; scenes shown of victimized women with their faces covered while their stories are translated. [Two Turkish MEN - back the tradition.] [Reporter Julia CRITIAN‡- outlines the concept.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The raw data from the U.N. on annual honor killings and suicides outlined on screen.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live interview held with Human Rights Watch Farida Deif about honor killings. [DEIF† - talks about the public nature of the murder of Dua Khalil; comments on the security officers who failed to intervene; offers perspective on the culture and religion that justifies these crime; states religious leaders need to speak out against violence against women.]

Cooper, Anderson;
Kaye, Randi

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