Civil Rights

Honor Killing in Northern Iraq

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WARNING: This video depicts a young woman being kicked and stoned to death; viewer discretion is advised.

Last April, the modern and ancient worlds collided when several men used their cell phones to videotape the "honor" killing of Du'a Khalil Aswad–a 17-year old member of the Yezidi religious community in northern Iraq. Aswad was accused of having relations with a Sunni Muslim boy.

According to an Amnesty International statement, an armed group of Sunni men retaliated by murdering 23 Yezidi men several weeks later.