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SILENT MARCH HELD FOR SUSPECTED HONOR KILLING VICTIM
« on: June 20, 2014, 11:38:53 AM »
SILENT MARCH HELD FOR SUSPECTED HONOR KILLING VICTIM

Activists marched from Human Rights Square to the Ministry of Women, Youth, and Sports
By Safa Ben Said | Jun 19 2014 
     
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    Silent march for Aya. Image credit: Safa Ben Said, Tunisia Live

    Activists and civil society organizations today staged a silent march in memory of 13-year-old Aya,burned alive on May 28 by her father for walking home from school with male classmate, in what has been seen as a rare instance of ‘honor killing’ in Tunisia.
    Hundreds of participants, wearing white t-shirts, carried signs denouncing the crime.
    One sign read, “because of your traditions your daughters die.”


    “because of your traditions your daughters die” Image credit: Safa Ben Said, Tunisia Live

    Representatives of students organization were also present, such as Students Without Borders and the Organization of Students, as were human rights groups like Amnesty International.


    Silent march for Aya. Image credit: Safa Ben Said, Tunisia Live

    “I come here today as the father of a 15 year old girl, whom I cherish,” said Mohamed Skeli, one of the marchers, to Tunisia Live. “This act is alien to our society, we don’t have honor crimes here. It is just that some ignorant people are trying to imitate extremists,” he added.


    Silent march for Aya. Image credit: Safa Ben Said, Tunisia Live

    The silent march began from Human Rights Square in Tunis, and proceeded towards the Ministry of Women, Youth, and Sports. where organizers and activists met high level officials in the ministry.
    Feten Abdelkafi, one of the organizers of the march, told Tunisia Live: “Today we achieved two of our goals. First, we gained media coverage, and second, we met officials in the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Women, who promised that the ministry will issue a statement condemning what happened to Aya.”


    • By Safa Ben Said  / Journalist

     



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