Honor killing or violence

Type of persecution

Case #31695

Honduras Domestic violence (including child, partner, in-law violence), Domestic violence - Child abuse, Gang-related violence, Gang - Family-based, Gang - Informant/witness to gang activity, Gang - Rape or sexual violence, Marriage-related harms or honor violence, Honor killing or violence, Political association/activist (including women’s rights activist)/whistleblower, Whistleblower or other informant / witness to corruption

Case #30552

Turkey Domestic violence (including child, partner, in-law violence), Domestic violence - Partner abuse, Marriage-related harms or honor violence, Honor killing or violence

Case #28094

The asylum officer did not grant asylum to applicants, a husband and wife, from Turkey. Husband is a "non-believer" and has experienced past persecution for that reason. Wife is Sunni and her father, once he found out that they were married, threatened to kill both of them should they return to Turkey. The applicant proposed asylum based on religion, as non-believers.

Turkey Domestic violence (including child, partner, in-law violence), Domestic violence - Child abuse, Domestic violence - In-law abuse, Marriage-related harms or honor violence, Prevented from marrying the person of one’s choice, Honor killing or violence, Religious

Case #25566

The asylum office granted asylum to a Pakistani woman who fled domestic violence and forced marriage. Her fiancé, chosen by her family, abused and threatened her during their engagement. After she refused to marry him, she was locked up and beaten by her father, brother, and fiancé. Since fleeing Pakistan, her family has threatened to kill her if she returns. The applicant based her claim on religion and a proposed social group of “Pakistani women pledged to be married unable to leave a domestic relationship.”

Pakistan Domestic violence (including child, partner, in-law violence), Domestic violence - Partner abuse, Marriage-related harms or honor violence, Child/forced marriage, Honor killing or violence

Case #25334

The IJ granted asylum to a Saudi woman who suffered severe abuse from multiple male family members because she defied a strict interpretation of Islam. The applicant was jailed by religious police for failing to cover her head in public and was sexually assaulted in jail. After the arrest, her father beat her and threatened to kill her for the shame she brought onto the family. The applicant was also repeatedly raped by her ex-husband. When she reported her husband for a sexual assault he perpetrated against another women he was dismissed from his political post. The applicant's brother then began threatening to kill her because of the further shame she had caused the family.

Saudi Arabia Domestic violence (including child, partner, in-law violence), Domestic violence - Child abuse, Domestic violence - Partner abuse, Marriage-related harms or honor violence, Honor killing or violence, Rape or sexual violence (non-domestic and non-gang)), Religious

Case #22101

The asylum office granted asylum to a Saudi female applicant who fears persecution for resisting compliance with religious tradition and law related to dress, male guardianship, and forced marriage. The applicant’s attorney proposed the protected grounds of membership in the particular social groups of “Saudi females” and “Saudi females who refuse to conform to the gender-specific religious and political standards expected of Saudi girls,” religious beliefs, and political opinion.

Saudi Arabia Domestic violence (including child, partner, in-law violence), Marriage-related harms or honor violence, Child/forced marriage, Honor killing or violence, Rape or sexual violence (non-domestic and non-gang)), Religious

Case #21557

The asylum office granted asylum to an Indian woman who was subjected to domestic violence. The applicant was abused by her husband both in her home country and in the US after their arrival to the country with work related visas. After the applicant’s husband fled the country to avoid prosecution, she feared returning India. The applicant's attorney reported proposing as protected grounds (1) political opinion based on applicant's imputed political opinion that women and men have equal rights; (2) religion based on her partner’s opposition to her progressive interpretation of the Koran; and (3) the particular social group of: “women of ___ caste.” According to the applicant’s attorney, the applicant or the adjudicator citer or reference Matter of A-B-

India Domestic violence (including child, partner, in-law violence), Domestic violence - Partner abuse, Marriage-related harms or honor violence, Honor killing or violence

Case #19230

The immigration judge denied asylum, withholding of removal, and Convention against Torture protection to an Indian man who was subjected to familial abuse following the death of his father, which left his mother a widow. The applicant also feared religious persecution on the basis of his Sikh faith. According to the applicant's attorney, the immigration judge found that the applicant did not have a history of mistreatment, nor did he have reason to fear future persecution as the child of a widow.

India Domestic violence - Child abuse, Honor killing or violence, Race/ethnicity/clan, Religious

Case #16849

Pakistan Child/forced marriage, Honor killing or violence

Case #10693

A Portland Immigration Judge granted asylum to an unmarried man from Morocco who was persecuted for having a relationship with an unmarried woman. The man was persecuted by the woman's family.  

Morocco Honor killing or violence, Prevented from marrying the person of one’s choice

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