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Iraq: Violence Against Women

Volume 696: debated on Wednesday 5 December 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What assessment they have made of reports by police that anti-women violence in Basra has increased in recent months and has forced women to stay indoors. [HL509]

We have no information to suggest that the number of attacks on women in Basra has increased over the last few months.

Basra’s provincial director of police, General Jalil, is raising public awareness of violence against women in the local media. He has also raised the problem with the Ministry of Interior and is attempting to pursue serious investigations into these crimes, including with the support of British police advisers based in Basra.

We condemn all intimidation of and violence against women. We welcome the pledge made by General Jalil to,

“lead a campaign to protect women's rights in Basra”.

Criminal violence, including murder, is an issue which General Jalil and his police force commanders are tackling. The UK military and civilian policing advisers are supporting those forces, both army and police, as they continue to grow in confidence and ability.