'honor' crimes

Teenage girl strangled in "honour killing"

January 28, 2008

A 17-year-old girl died after being strangled to death by her brother in a Palestinian refugee camp near the Jordanian town of Jerash .

He was apparently angered by her absence from home.

The woman, who had been married for eight months, was accused of shaming her family and killed in a so-called "honour" crime.

This is the second murder of its kind in a month.

A Jordanian prosecutor has charged the victim’s brother, a 20-year-old man, with premeditated murder.

Local newspapers reported that he had stuffed a scarf in his sister's mouth, choked her with an electric cable and smoked a pack of cigarettes before turning himself in.

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Directory on initiatives to address Crimes of 'Honour'

This Directory sets out the contacts and brief descriptions of the activities of individuals and organisations engaged in addressing practices which can be considered as crimes of 'honour'.

“Honour” Killings pose a serious challenge to the rule of law

"According to police records, every year 20-25 women in Jordan are killed “in the name of honour”, that is, for having an illicit affair."

Omaima was disposed of within minutes of her birth on 4 September in a rubbish bin. The illegitimate baby, however, was saved thanks to a street cleaner who heard her screaming from her makeshift tomb. The incident sent a shockwave throughout the conservative kingdom, with local papers dubbing Omaima "the rubbish bin girl".

Sari Nasir, a sociologist at the University of Jordan, showed no surprise at the chain of events that led to this travesty. "Values are stronger than life in Jordan," he said.

The Dynamics of Honor Killings in Turkey: Prospects for Action

Publication Date: 
November, 2005

Through this report, the UNDP and UNFPA seek to further contribute to the discussion and debate in Turkey about honor killings through perspectives from a cross-section of society: women and men of varying ages, educational levels, and social backgrounds; public officials; religious leaders; non-governmental organizations and the media. The report synthesis comprehensive and well-researched data to illuminate such topics as perceptions of honor ,cases of ‘dishonorable conduct’: causes and consequences and recommendations to stop honor killings.

Increasing Reports of "Honour" Killings in Palestine

Rights activists say such murders have increased as a result of the worsened security situation, and press for a new law.

All the women in the family say Wafa Wahdan was wonderful.

But her sisters-in-law add that they noticed a few little things. She had changed the way she dressed in the past year to a less conservative style and she sometimes went out for a drive without saying where she was going.