Honour killing story

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Fatemeh Badre M.
born: 1991
Murder: February 16, 2019
Residence: Oldenburg in Holstein
Origin: Victim: Iran; Perpetrator: Iraq
Children: none
Perpetrator: her ex-boyfriend Ziad / Zyad S. (at that time 22 years old)
Fatemeh (named Yasi) is a Christian from Iran and will come to Germany as a refugee alone in 2016. She learns German and works for a hotel in Lübeck. Elsewhere it is said that she wants to become a nurse.

At the beginning of 2019 she separates from her boyfriend Ziad, an Iraqi who runs a French fry shop in Oldenburg. He probably won't accept this and kills her on February 16, 2019. 34 knife wounds are counted later.

A hiker finds Fatemeh's body at noon on a meadow in Gremersdorf, near the Baltic Sea. It is covered in blood, which indicates a crime of manslaughter. At first her identity is unclear. The police have released two of her tattoos. Friends have identified her. Fatameh's ex-boyfriend was arrested two days after the crime.

In August the trial starts at the regional court of Lübeck. In February 2020, the perpetrator will be sentenced to 12 years imprisonment for manslaughter. The crime was intentional, but not treacherous, according to the court.

What is an honour killing?

An honour killing is a murder in the name of honour. If a brother murders his sister to restore family honour, it is an honour killing. According to activists, the most common reasons for honour killings are as the victim:

Questions about honour killings

  • refuses to cooperate in an arranged marriage.

  • wants to end the relationship.

  • was the victim of rape or sexual assault.

  • was accused of having a sexual relationship outside of marriage.

Human rights activists believe that 100,000 honour killings are carried out every year, most of which are not reported to the authorities and some are even deliberately covered up by the authorities themselves, for example because the perpetrators are good friends with local policemen, officials or politicians. Violence against girls and women remains a serious problem in Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Iran, Serbia and Turkey.

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