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Statement by Prime Minister Masrour Barzani

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (GOV.KRD) - I’m deeply troubled by recent violence towards women in the Kurdistan Region. I reiterate what I have said; there’s no honor in honor killings.

I have discussed with the Interior Minister the horrific case of Shinyar Xan. I have thanked our frontline police for making the arrest: you have my full support.

Nine innocent women have been taken from us by domestic violence this year. That’s nine young potential leaders stolen by unjustifiable abuse; nine families shattered, and nine murders in a society that should know better. This must stop. We must all vehemently condemn these crimes, and as a government impose the heaviest possible penalty on perpetrators.

I’m determined 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. I will push for advocates to build meaningful dialogue between civil society and religious and community leaders; government to increase support for frontline responders, and judges to lead judicial reform.

I will meet with grassroots organizers in the near future to understand what more we can do together. This scourge must end.

Masrour Barzani
Prime Minister of Kurdistan Regional Government