Murder, usually committed by males against female members of their family, who are supposed to have brought "dishonor upon the family."
Other euphemisms may be used to describe the act, for example "crime of passion" in Europe and North America, or "dowry death" in South Asia.
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Bibliography on Crimes of Honour
From the Centre for Islamic and Middle Eastern Law (CIMEL) and the International Centre for the Legal Protection of Human Rights (INTERIGHTS)
Commodifying Honor in Female Sexuality: Honor Killings in Palestine
An analysis of honor killing in Palestinian society, and the response of authorities and non-governmental associations. [Middle East Report 206 - Suzanne Ruggi - Spring 1998]
Hyperlinked article surveys the practice in Muslim and other cultures, and in legal codes. [Wikipedia]
Examines crimes of 'honour', in UK and internationally, as crimes of culture (not religion), and looks at legislation and changing attitudes. [BBC]
A Jordanian woman journalist who has focused on social issues with a special emphasis on violence against women, especially crimes committed in the name of family honour. Includes background information, biography, and international awards.
Foundation based in Switzerland which campaigns to raise awareness of crimes against women linked to traditions ("honor killings"). Information about their programs, publications, news, and how to support their work. [Multilingual]
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