'There is no honor in honor killing, this scourge must end': PM Barzani

Prime Minister Masrour Barzani (Right) and Interior Minister Rebar Ahmed. (Photo: KRG)
Prime Minister Masrour Barzani (Right) and Interior Minister Rebar Ahmed. (Photo: KRG)

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani expressed his concern about the recent incidents of violence against women in the region and once again denounced honor killings on Wednesday.

"I'm deeply troubled by recent violence towards women in Kurdistan Region. I reiterate what I have said; there is no honor in honor killing," Barzani said in a statement.

Barzani added that he discussed "the horrific case of Shinyar Xan" with the Minister of Interior.

"I have thanked our frontline police for making the arrest: you have my full support," he said.

Shinyar Huner, 21, died earlier today from injuries she sustained when her husband burned her five days ago in Sulaimani province.

The prime minister noted that nine women have died since the beginning of 2022 due to domestic violence.

"That's nine young potential leaders stolen by unjustifiable abuse; nine families scattered, and nine murders in a society that should know better," he said.

He called on the people of the Kurdistan Region not to accept such crimes.

"We as a government we must impose the heaviest possible penalty on perpetrators," he said.

Barzani expressed his determination "to protect every woman, girl, and child from abuse."

"I recognize that real change needs a new approach that takes our current protection measures further," he said. "I will push for advocates to build meaningful dialogues between civil society and religious and community leaders; government to increase support for frontline responders."

"I will meet with grassroots organizers in the near future to understand what more we can do together," he added.

"This scourge must end."