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Russia: Chechen President defends”honor killings” – says women deserve to die

AP: “Chechen leader imposes strict brand of Islam”
— “The bullnecked president of Chechnya emerged from afternoon prayers at the mosque and with chilling composure explained why seven young women who had been shot in the head deserved to die”
— “Ramzan Kadyrov said the women, whose bodies were found dumped by the roadside, had ‘loose morals’ and were rightfully shot by male relatives in honor killings. ‘If a woman runs around and if a man runs around with her, both of them are killed,’ Kadyrov told journalists in the capital of this Russian republic.”

February 15, 2009 – Muslim women ‘face crisis over violence’
— “Muslim women around the world are facing a ‘growing crisis’ as Islamic governments fail to honour commitments to end inequality and violence against them, a senior UN official has warned
— UN’s Yakin Erturk: “In these countries, those who speak on behalf of Islam still justify things like stoning or killing a woman for this or that reason as being part of their religion. I have heard this at the most official of levels”
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— March 27, 2009: Russia to end Chechnya anti-terror mission
— President Dmitry Medvedev on Chechnya: “the situation in Chechnya has normalised to a large degree and life is getting back to normal”

— April 8, 2009: Kadyrov: ‘Chechnya doesn’t need independence’