Shafia Trial

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This Woman Was Murdered For a Kiss in a Train Station

I heard the story of Banaz Mahmod, a 20-year-old woman in London, gang-raped, garrotted, stuffed into a suitcase and buried in waste ground, for the crime of a kiss in a train station. Her murder was carried out under the orders of her own father and her uncle. Banaz was married off to a man she had barely met at the age of 17, who subjected her to extraordinary abuses. We need authorities, decision makers and politicians to provide the same protection and preventative action for women of ethnic minority communities affected by "honour"-based violence and oppression as they would for any other crime in any other part of society.
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Excerpt: Without Honour, the True Story of the Shafia Family

On the morning of June 30, 2009, police in a small eastern Ontario city made a ghastly discovery: four females dead in a car submerged in a shallow canal -- Canada's first mass honour killing. In Without Honour, award-winning journalist Rob Tripp draws on three years of exhaustive research and exclusive interviews to make sense of a senseless crime in a way no other writer could. "The feeling had gnawed at Jake since the catastrophic outcome of his peck on Sahar's cheek in the corridor of St-Ex in the fall of 2007. He had not forgotten the sight of the sad girl standing in the hall, tears trickling down her cheeks, as she explained that her dad got really mad and slapped her."
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Harper Talks Honour Killing

MONTREAL - Prime Minister Stephen Harper recalled the Shafia killings while visiting the family's hometown of Montreal to underscore Ottawa's support of a program to prevent so-called honour crimes.Ha...
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A Much-Needed Muslim Education for the West

Muslims for Progressive Values have just published a new book tackling all the factors such as interfaith marriage and hijabs that seem to set Muslims apart from the rest of humanity, and cause 55 per cent of Canadians to claim that Muslims do not share their values. Reading it would be a step in the right direction.
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How to Honour the Victims of "Honour Killings"

The verdict in the Shafia case exemplifies the ability of Western legal systems to provide justice to victims of honour killings. If anything positive can come from the Shafia verdict, let it be that law enforcement throughout North America takes the time to educate themselves about honour violence.
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Shafias To Appeal Murder Convictions

TORONTO - Just days after being convicted with his parents in the first-degree murders of four family members, Hamed Shafia has filed notice to appeal, his lawyer said Tuesday.Shafia, 21, has taken th...
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The Shafia Women: Killed By Double Standards

The Shafia trial exposed a cultural pathology that needs a closer and unbiased examination. The men in Muslim families are rarely subjected to the kinds of constraints their female relatives endure. It is mostly when the conduct of the women is perceived as dishonourable that matters worsen.
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Inside Story: How They Were Caught

KINGSTON, Ont. - When the call first came in on the morning of June 30, 2009, about a car in the locks at Ontario's Kingston Mills, police thought they might have a stolen car on their hands, or maybe...

Don't Let Political Correctness Kill "Honour Killings"

Canadians are often uncomfortable labeling premeditated murders "honour killings" under the guise of political correctness. Let us take off our multicultural goggles and see honour killings for what they are: culturally motivated, violent crimes committed against women that have no place in a civilized society.
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Shafia Family To Keep Their Fortune

OTTAWA - In the weeks before he helped kill his sisters and his father's first wife, someone had used Hamed Shafia's laptop for an online search.That person wanted to know: "can a prisoner have contro...
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Whose Daughters Will Be the Next Shafias?

What must we do -- we Muslims -- to ensure none of our daughters and sisters are murdered by their fathers, husbands, and brothers? Among many things we must embrace foremost the 1400-year-old Islamic tradition that emphasizes not the responsibility to guard our modesty, but the duty to show compassion.
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A Timeline Of Murder

KINGSTON, Ont. - A jury has found three members of an Afghanistan-born Montreal family guilty of four counts each of first-degree murder.Mohammad Shafia, 58, Tooba Yahya, 42, and their son Hamed, 21,...
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Honour Killing Verdict: Guilty

UPDATE: Canada's Muslim Community have responded to the Shafia trial verdict. While many Muslim community leaders have decried the violence and deaths of the four women, the use of the term honour kil...
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Shafia Trial: Just The Facts

KINGSTON, Ont. - A jury in eastern Ontario starts its first full day of deliberations Saturday to decide the fate of three people accused of killing four family members over honour.Plans to kill Shafi...
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All In The Jury's Hands Now

KINGSTON, Ont. - A jury in eastern Ontario deciding the fate of three people accused of killing four family members over honour has finished deliberations for Saturday with no verdict.The jury in the...