Iraqis protest over killing of YouTube star by her father


Demonstrators maintain placards saying ‘stop killing women’ and ‘Tiba’s killer have to be held to account’.

Iraqis are protesting to demand a regulation in opposition to home violence, days after a YouTuber was strangled by her father in a killing that sparked outrage.

Tiba al-Ali, 22, was killed by her father on January 31 within the southern province of Diwaniyah, Interior Ministry spokesman Saad Maan mentioned, including there had been an try and mediate between the younger girl and her relations to resolve a “family dispute”.

The father later surrendered to the police and confessed to murdering his daughter.

On Sunday, safety forces prevented dozens of individuals from demonstrating exterior the nation’s Supreme Judicial Council, and so they gathered as an alternative at a street resulting in the constructing.

Some held placards saying “Stop killing women” and “Tiba’s killer must be held to account”.

“We demand laws to protect women, especially laws against domestic violence,” protester Rose Hamid, 22, mentioned. “We came here to protest against Tiba’s murder and against all others. Who will be the next victim?”

Another demonstrator, Lina Ali, mentioned: “We will keep mobilising because of rising domestic violence and killings of women.”

Protester Israa al-Salman, who wished al-Ali’s father executed for the crime, mentioned, “Anyone who wants to get rid of a woman accuses her of disgracing her dignity and kills her.”

To date, no regulation in Iraq criminalises home violence. A draft home violence regulation was first launched to parliament in 2014, however progress has stalled amid widespread political opposition from legislators who imagine it will “erode Iraq’s social fabric”.

Wide condemnations

On the sidelines of Sunday’s demonstration, human rights activist Hanaa Edwar was acquired by a Justice of the Peace from the Supreme Judicial Council to whom she introduced the protesters’ grievances.

The United Nations mission in Iraq in an announcement condemned al-Ali’s “abhorrent killing” and referred to as on the Baghdad authorities to enact “a law that explicitly criminalises gender-based violence”.

Amnesty International Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa Aya Majzoub mentioned in a press assertion that violence in opposition to girls and ladies in Iraq will proceed till “Iraqi authorities adopt robust legislation to protect women and girls from gender-based violence.”

Article 41 of the nation’s penal code permits husbands to “discipline” their wives, which incorporates beatings. Meanwhile, Article 409 reduces homicide sentences for males who kill or completely impair their wives or feminine relations due to adultery to as much as three years in jail.

Iraqi Women'S Rights Activists Lift Placards
Iraqi girls’s rights activists carry placards throughout a rally near the Supreme Judicial Council in Baghdad, Iraq [Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP]

Long wrestle

Al-Ali had lived in Turkey since 2017 and was visiting Iraq when she was killed. In Turkey, she had gained a following on YouTube, posting movies of her every day life during which her fiance usually appeared.

Recordings have been shared on social media by a good friend of al-Ali and picked up by activists, reportedly of conversations together with her father, who was offended as a result of she was living in Turkey. In the recordings, she additionally accuses her brother of sexual assault.

Al Jazeera couldn’t independently confirm the authenticity of the voice recordings.