A possie in Aussie

September 10, 2009

Men not protected in new ‘honour killing’ laws

Filed under: human rights,refugee — Nayano @ 8:43 am
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In Australia, some victims of torture or inhumane treatment currently do not qualify for the protections that refugee visas provide.

The government has just announced that the law is set to change.

Under the new protection provisions women at risk of genital mutilation and so-called “honour killing” if returned to their home countries, would be eligible to be considered for a protection visa.

These sorts of cases are now dealt with through ministerial intervention.Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Senator Evans says these ministerial powers were not reviewable, transparent or subject to procedural fairness. Visas to protect ‘honour killing’ refugees

All discussion has so far referred to women at risk, but in hundreds of cases each year in India both men and women are brutally murdered.

Michael Edwards at Off Air explains that these “honour” killings take place when a coupe breaks with the tradition and strictures of India’s caste system, and marries outside their caste.

“And time doesn’t heal old wounds”, Michael says. “Killings have taken place decades after the couple left the village”. Young love and old threats in ‘the darkness’

Will the Minister include men as well as women in the new protection laws?

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