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Shafilea Ahmed murdered by parents for ‘wearing short-sleeved top’ | Metro News
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A teenage girl was murdered by her parents in front of her siblings for wearing a top that showed off her arms.
Shafilea Ahmed, 17, suffered years of abuse from her mum and dad before they decided to end her life for bringing ‘dishonour’ to the family.
The couple pinned their daughter down on the sofa and stuffed a carrier bag into her mouth until she turned blue and suffocated in September 2003. Shafilea Ahmed, 17, suffered years of abuse at the hands of her parents (Picture: PA) Her father, Iftikhar Ahmed, had tried to force her into an arranged marriage (Picture: Rex Features) Farzana Ahmed thought her daughter had shamed the family (Picture: Rex Features)
Her father, Iftikhar Ahmed, then put her body in the back of his car and dumped it 70 miles away from their home in Warrington.
The next day police were alerted when Shafilea wasn’t seen at school – but her parents stated she had run away. Advertisement Advertisement
Now one of the teenager’s close family friends, Shanin Munir, has helped reveal the extent of the abuse she went through before her death.
In a new documentary called ‘When Missing Turns into Murder’, she said Shafilea’s mum and dad would often call her a ‘whore and a prostitute’ and beat her if they believed she was misbehaving. Teenager forced to be fed through tube as body believes food is poison
The teenager dreamed of being a lawyer and had ‘texted boys’, although not on her own phone because ‘her parents would check’, Shanin said.
She told The Sun : ‘I’d heard there were physical beatings and a lot of emotional abuse. Her sister told me her parents would lock Shafilea in the garden.
‘She wanted to escape her home, for her it was hell.’
Shafilea was the oldest child of Farzana and Iftikhar Ahmed, who met through an arranged marriage.
As she got older, she adopted a more Western way of living, taking an interest in fashion and wearing make-up and false nails. Shanin Munir kept copies of the letters (Picture: AETN)
Her parents tried to curb her ‘rebellious’ nature and one year arranged a holiday to Pakistan, where they intended to marry her off to a cousin.
Shafilea refused to go and so her father drugged her with sleeping pills as a result.
After awaking in Pakistan, the teenager was so terrified about what would happen she drank bleach in a suicide attempt, severely burning her throat and oesophagus. Advertisement Advertisement
She was rushed to hospital and kept there for two months, while her father and siblings flew back home to the UK. Disabled girl, 5, ‘left starving and in pain’ due to hospital delays
When she was well enough to return, he told medical professionals in Warrington that his daughter had mistaken the bleach for mouthwash.
After that, the abuse grew more intense and Shafilea’s parents planned an ‘honour killing’ as a way to end the ‘shame’ she had brought on the family.
During a furious row over her short-sleeved top, they killed her in the living room and made her siblings watch.
Shafilea’s body was found five months after her death in the River Kent near Sedgwick, Cumbria.
The family put on a funeral and pretended to grieve, but her sister Alesha later went to the police and bravely told them what had happened. Iftikhar told doctors his daughter’s suicide attempt was an accident (Picture: PA) Both parents were found guilty and were sentenced to 25 years in prison (Picture: Rex Features)
She described seeing Shafilea’s eyes going wide and her legs kicking frantically before she urinated on the sofa in the struggle.
In September 2011, Iftikhar and Farzana were arrested and charged on suspicion of murder.
After seeing the case in the media, family friend Shahin decided to come forward as she had received letters from Shafilea’s other sister talking about the night of the murder.
The sister asked for the letters to be burned but luckily Shanin made copies of their contents. Advertisement
‘She talked about this one chair where they would always sit Shafilea, and the family would gather around,’ Shanin said.
‘That’s when they started abusing her and beating her. One would hold her while the other would physically abuse her.’
Iftikhar and Farzana were found guilty and were sentenced to 25 years in prison with no parole in 2012.
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Sudan’s military council ruler Ibn Auf steps down | News | Al Jazeera
General Awad Ibn Auf announced he was stepping down just a day after he was sworn in [Ashraf Shazly/AFP] The head of Sudan ‘s ruling military council has resigned in a speech broadcast live on state television, naming Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah Burhan as his successor.
The announcement by General Awad Ibn Auf came late on Friday as tens of thousands of protesters rallied in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, demanding a civilian-led transition after the military overthrow of the country’s longtime ruler, Omar al-Bashir .
“I, the head of the military council, announce I am giving up the post,” Ibn Auf said, just a day after he was sworn in as the head of a transitional military council.
“This is for the benefit of our nation, without having to look at special interests, big or small that may impede its progress,” he said in a brief statement.”I would like to recommend that you work together and reach a solution very speedily.”
Ibn Auf said he was confident Burhan “will steer the ship to safe shores”, and added he was stepping aside to “preserve unity” of the armed forces.
Protesters in Khartoum greeted the move with “ululations and cheers”, said Al Jazeera’s Hiba Morgan.
“People are celebrating on the streets; they are saying that they managed to topple President Omar al-Bashir after four months of protests and less than 48 hours after the military council took over, they managed to bring down Ibn Auf, too,” she said from the capital.
Sudan military: We have ‘no ambition to hold the reins of power’ (15:52)
Burhan, who was appointed as al-Bashir’s chief of staff and head of the ground forces in February, did not have the “same tainted record” as that of other al-Bashir era officials, she said, citing accusations of war crimes against both the former president and his successor during the 2003-2008 war in Sudan’s western region of Darfur.
The new leader was one of the generals who reached out to protesters at the week-long encampment near the military headquarters, meeting with them face to face, and listening to their views.
Morgan said Burhan was expected to address the Sudanese public on Saturday.
“The protesters are waiting to see what kind of vision and plan Burhan has, [in order] to see if he is going to be the person they would want to represent them during the transition period, or whether they should continue with their sit-in,” she added.
‘Patience, sacrifice’ Protesters in Khartoum told Al Jazeera the toppling of al-Bashir and resignation of Ibn Auf within 36 hours was the result of “patience, sacrifices and struggle for four months”.
“We now want to witness the power being handed over to the civilians, this is the … democracy and freedom we aimed to achieve,” Abdul Jabar Ibrahim, 60, said.
The Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA), which spearheaded the months-long demonstrations that triggered al-Bashir’s overthrow on Thursday, hailed Ibn Auf’s departure as a “triumph of the will of the masses”.
However, it called on residents of Khartoum to continue their days-long sit-in outside the army headquarters, in defiance of a nighttime curfew imposed by the army, until their demands for a civilian-led transitional government and democratic reforms, as outlined in the January Declaration of Freedom and Change , were met.
They called for a “total strike until the full transfer of power” and urged supporters elsewhere in the country to take to the streets outside the military’s various posts “until these demands are fully implemented”.
A Sudanese protester holds up a sign reading in Arabic “revolutionaries, free, will continue the course” [Ashraf Shazly/AFP] Ibn Auf’s resignation came hours after a spokesman for the military council promised to hold talks with all political groups in Sudan and declared it had no “ambitions to hold the reins of power”.
The council was “ready to step down as early as a month if a government is formed”, said council member Omar Zain al-Abideen.
Sudan’s military council also asked all “political forces” in the country to name two representatives by Saturday for a dialogue on the country’s transition, according to SUNA news agency, adding the time for the meeting would be set once it had received the names from all of the groups.
Sudan’s envoy to the United Nations, Yasir Abdelsalam, reiterated that sentiment ahead of a Security Council meeting on Sudan. He said the military council would be the “guarantor of a civilian government” in which “no party” was excluded.
The Security Council, which met behind closed doors, did not announce any action on Sudan, but the body’s president said all 15 members agreed to monitor events there closely.
190411203224130 Meanwhile, Michele Bachelet, the United Nations’ High Commissioner for Human Rights, urged Sudanese authorities to “refrain from using force against peaceful protesters” and called for the release of all those detained for protesting.
Earlier on Friday, al-Abideen said the military council wanted to “create an atmosphere to manage a peaceful dialogue”, but warned protesters that “chaos will not be tolerated”, however.
According to activists, scores of pro-democracy protesters have been killed by Sudan’s widely-feared security services since the demonstrations began in December, sparked by anger over rising bread prices.
The protests quickly evolved into broader calls for al-Bashir and and his political entourage to give up power.
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SOURCE: Al Jazeera and news agencies
Israel’s Yad Vashem rebukes Bolsonaro for saying Holocaust crimes can be forgiven – Israel News – Haaretz.com
Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust memorial, chastised Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Saturday for saying that Holocaust crimes can be forgiven . “We disagree with the Brazilian president’s statement that the Holocaust can be forgiven. It is not in anyone’s position to determine who and if Holocaust crimes can be forgiven,” the museum and official commemoration center said in a statement. skip – Haaretz Weekly Ep. 22 Haaretz Weekly Ep. 22 Haaretz >> Read more: In Brazil, Netanyahu offers brother Bolsonaro a little ‘help’ with his leftist dissidents | Opinion ■ Holocaust facts: Where does the figure of 6 million victims come from? President Reuven Rivlin also weighed in, apparently referencing Bolsonaro’s comment when he wrote on Twitter: “We will never extend our hand to those who deny the truth or attempt to erase it. Not individuals or organizations, not heads of parties and not heads of states. We will never forgive and never forget. No one will order the Jewish people’s forgiveness and no interest will buy it.” Israeli Ambassador to Brazil Yossi Shelley meanwhile defended Bolsonaro’s comment in a Facebook post. The ambassador wrote in Portugese that Bolsonaro had at no time in his remarks showed disrespect or indifference for Jewish suffering. Shelley is a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling Likud party and an associate of the prime minister. The controversial Brazilian far-right leader made the comments Thursday night at a meeting with evangelical pastors in Rio de Janeiro. He was applauded by those who attended. Stay up to date: Sign up to our newsletter Email * Please enter a valid email address Sign up Thank you for signing up. We’ve got more newsletters we think you’ll find interesting.