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Gunman Kills Iraqi Women Rights Worker

From France’s AFP:

Iraqi women’s rights champion murdered

Sat Oct 28, 7:24 AM ET

KIRKUK, Iraq (AFP) – Gunmen broke into the house of an Iraqi women’s rights campaigner and shot her dead in front of her three children, police have said.

Human rights activists say the lives of women in Iraqi society have worsened dramatically since the US-led invasion of March 2003, amid a general break down in law and order and the rise of conservative Islamist militias.

Captain Imad Khudhir of the Kirkuk police said Saturday 38-year-old Halima Ahmed Hussein al-Juburi was killed late on Friday by 10 unidentified attackers who broke into her home in the northern town of Hawijah.

"We do not know the motive behind the crime," he said.

Juburi was the head of the Human Rights organisation of Maternity and Childhood in Hawijah, a lawless town in an area plagued by violent Sunni insurgent groups.

Her husband was not at home at the time of the attack.

Professional women and rights campaigners are often targeted by conservative Islamist groups who adhere to a strictly traditional view of women’s role in society and use violence to drive women out of public life.

More of the famous Muslim regard for women on display.

How horribly sad.

Human rights activists say the lives of women in Iraqi society have worsened dramatically since the US-led invasion of March 2003…

Naturellment.

We knew it had to be Bush’s fault.

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