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DATE=4/14/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-248066 TITLE=EXTRA-JUDICIAL KILLINGS (L ONLY) BYLINE=LISA SCHLEIN DATELINE=GENEVA CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: A UNITED NATIONS REPORT SAYS EXTRAJUDICIAL, SUMMARY, OR ARBITRARY EXECUTIONS ARE INCREASING AND OCCUR IN EVERY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. LISA SCHLEIN IN GENEVA REPORTS A U-N SPECIAL INVESTIGATOR CITES THE GROWING NUMBER OF SO-CALLED HONOR KILLINGS -- WOMEN WHO ARE MURDERED BECAUSE FAMILY MEMBERS BELIEVES THEY DISHONORED THEM. TEXT: THE REPORT SAYS EXTRAJUDICIAL, SUMMARY, AND ARBITRARY EXECUTIONS ARE NOT PECULIAR TO ANY SPECIFIC PART OF THE WORLD NOR TO ANY PARTICULAR FORM OF GOVERNMENT. BUT IT SAYS THE WORST EXCESSES OCCUR IN COUNTRIES WITH DESPOTIC GOVERNMENTS. A SPECIAL U-N INVESTIGATOR, ASMA JAHANGIR, SAYS THAT IN THE PAST YEAR, SHE SENT APPEALS ON BEHALF OF MORE THAN 23-HUNDRED PEOPLE TO 40 GOVERNMENTS. SHE CALLS THIS ONLY THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG AND SAYS SHE BELIEVES THIS NUMBER DOES NOT REFLECT THE TRUE EXTENT OF THE PROBLEM. MS. JAHANGIR SAYS PEOPLE WHO ARE TARGETS OF EXTRAJUDICIAL KILLINGS COME FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE. SHE SAYS THERE IS A GROWING TENDENCY TO THREATEN AND OFTEN KILL PEACE ACTIVISTS, HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS, JOURNALISTS, ABORTION SUPPORTERS, AND HOMOSEXUALS. /// JAHANGIR ACT ONE /// WE ARE GETTING MORE AND MORE REPORTS OF TRADE UNION LEADERS BEING KILLED, MORE AND MORE REPORTS OF LAWYERS BEING KILLED. AND I SAY THEY ARE ALL HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS. THEY ARE NOT VICTIMS BECAUSE THEY ARE KILLED IN THE KIND OF PROFESSIONAL PURSUITS AND BELIEFS THAT THEY PURSUE. /// END ACT /// MS. JAHANGIR IS A HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER IN PAKISTAN. SHE SAYS SHE HAS RECEIVED MANY DEATH THREATS HERSELF IN CONNECTION WITH HER WORK. MOST RECENTLY, SHE SAYS SHE WAS THREATENED BY ISLAMIC RADICALS BECAUSE OF HER OUTSPOKEN CONDEMNATION OF SO-CALLED HONOR KILLINGS. MS. JAHANGIR SAYS SOME OF THE WORST CASES OF HONOR KILLINGS OCCUR IN TURKEY, PAKISTAN, AND JORDAN. SHE SAYS THAT EVERY WEEK, ABOUT FOUR OR FIVE WOMEN ARE KILLED IN PAKISTAN. SHE SAYS SOME COURT RULINGS IN HER COUNTRY HAVE ENCOURAGED VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN. /// JANHANGIR ACT TWO /// FOR EXAMPLE, PAKISTANI COURTS HAVE SAID HONOR KILLINGS ARE ABSOLUTELY ACCEPTABLE UNDER OUR TRADITION. THEY HAVE EVEN QUOTED SOME TRADITIONS, ISLAMIC TRADITIONS TO JUSTIFY IT, AND IT IS ALWAYS THE SENTENCE UNDERGONE, MEANING ONE YEAR AND ONE-AND-A-HALF YEARS AND THE PERSON IS RELEASED. THAT REALLY GIVES A SIGNAL THAT GIVES A LEADERSHIP TO THOSE WHO COMMIT CRIMES AGAINST WOMEN. /// END ACT /// THE U-N INVESTIGATOR SAYS SHE FEARS HONOR KILLINGS WILL INCREASE AS MORE AND MORE WOMEN STAND UP FOR THEIR RIGHTS. SHE URGES GOVERNMENTS TO PASS LAWS TO PROTECT THE LIVES OF WOMEN. (SIGNED) NEB/LS/JWH 14-Apr-99 9:30 AM EDT (1330 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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