'honor' crimes

Pakistan: Crimes of Honor and Questions on Powers of Panchayat "Courts"

Publication Date: 
January 26, 2011
Saudi Gazette

TWENTY-year-old Saima was electrocuted to death Friday in Bahawalpur district on the orders of a panchayat comprised of her father and three uncles, because she had eloped with a man of her choosing. That same week, Najma Bibi was paraded around her village in Khanewal district with her hair chopped off and face blackened in accordance with a panchayat`s orders, after her in-laws accused her of having illicit relations.

Italy: Slow Changes in the Ways to Tackel 'Honour' Killings

Publication Date: 
January 20, 2011
Dr. Valentina Colombo

By Valentina Colombo 

In Sweden between January 20th and January 22nd, in occasion of the 9th anniversary of the tragic death of the young girl of Kurdish origins, the association “Never forget Pela and Fadime” in the person of the president Sara Mohammad, herself a survivor of a forced marriage, organized many public events to stress that Sweden will not forget Fadime and the other victims of honor related violence.

Pakistan - Sindh Province Resolution Condemns Honour Killings

Publication Date: 
November 6, 2010
Daily Times

KARACHI: The Sindh Assembly (SA) on Friday unanimously passed a resolution condemning honour killings in the province.

Pakistan People’s Party legislator Farheen Mughul presented the resolution, recommending that the provincial government should take special steps to prevent honour killings.

Killing in the name of “honour”: The South Asian Community in the Canadian Context

Publication Date: 
August, 2010


“Honour Killing” is defined as the act of killing a person, usually a female relative (i.e. daughter, wife), who is taught to have brought dishonour to the family by engaging in “unacceptable” sexual behaviours. Studies have shown that those who commit this homicidal act are generally blood related to the victim (i.e. fathers, brothers, cousins, and sometimes other female relatives such as mothers have also been documented as being supporters). Most research and studies on “honour killings” have been conducted in the Middle East and South Asia and just recently in the U.K., Sweden, and Norway. However, little is known about this new social phenomenon in Canada.

Pakistan: Walk Against Honour Killing

Publication Date: 
November 30, 2010
Express Tribune Pakistan / The Nation
Lahore - March against 'honour' killings

LAHORE: There were slogans and chanting in front of the Lahore Press Club on Monday when more than 80 women rallied for about an hour to mark the International Women Human Rights Defenders’ Day.

The walk, arranged by Shirkat Gah, a non-governmental organisation working to protect women rights, started from the Press Club.

Kurdistan: A killing set honour above the law

Publication Date: 
November 20, 2010
New York Times
Sirwa Hama Amin, with her son in Erbil, Iraq. Family members shot her and killed her husband due to disapproval of the marraige

DOKAN, Iraq — Serving small glasses of sugary tea, Qadir Abdul-Rahman Ahmed explained how things went bad with the neighbors. It was not true, he said, that his brothers had threatened to drown his niece if she tried to marry the young man down the street.

“We are not against humanity,” he explained. “I told my brother, if she wants to marry, you can’t stop her.”

But the couple should never have married without permission.

“The girl and the boy should be killed,” he said. “It’s about honor. Honor is more important for us than religion.”

UK: [Honour crimes] Two more murderers of Banaz Mahmod face justice today

Publication Date: 
November 11, 2010

The Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation welcomes the news that the remaining two suspects in the Banaz Mahmod murder trial, Mohammed Ali and Omar Hussain, have been found guilty at the Old Bailey today.  Ali was sentenced to a minimum of 22 years and Hussain to 21 years.

Brothers arrested over string of recent 'honor killings' in Lod

Publication Date: 
October 24, 2010


Two brothers from Ramle, Ramadan and Khaled Musrati, were arrested yesterday on suspicion of involvement in four recent murders in the city of Lod.

Robert Fisk: The truth about 'honour' killings

Publication Date: 
September 10, 2010
The Independent
Islamist women at a ralley in Amman

The old Pakistani maulawi laid two currency bills on the table between us, one for 50 rupees, the other for 100 rupees. "Now tell me," Rahat Gul asked, "which is the more valuable?" I thought it was a trap – which it was, in a way – but he lost patience with me and seized the 100 rupee note. "Now come with me." And he stood up and led me down a narrow corridor into a small bedroom. There was a camp bed, a military radio and, at the far end, a giant British-made safe. He fiddled with the combination and hauled on the iron door. Then he placed the 100 rupee bill inside and locked the vault. "You see?" he said. "This is like a woman. She must be protected and looked after, because she is more precious than us."

Reader, this is no joke. This whole piece of entirely spontaneous theatre occurred several years ago in what was then called the North West Frontier Province. But I actually possess a videotape of the entire proceedings, in which you see me following the divine to his safe and hear him comparing the worth of the currency bill to the worth of a woman. I was supposed to be impressed by the high status which he accorded women. What struck me, of course, was that this high status appeared to accord women an exclusively economic value – she was a bank account – and that this might lie behind the whole misogynistic system which led us to the curse of "honour" crime.

Honour Crimes Shame the World - Robert Fisk

Publication Date: 
September 7, 2010
The Independent
Robert Fisk


It's one of the last great taboos: the murder of at least 20,000 women a year in the name of 'honour'. Nor is the problem confined to the Middle East: the contagion is spreading rapidly.