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U.N. Expert Reports Increase in Honor Killings of Women

Asma Jahangir, a Pakistani attorney, noted in her annual report to the U.N. Human Rights Commission that women are being killed by or on orders from family members because they are perceived to have shamed them.

These so-called “honor killings” are occurring in more and more countries according to Jahangir, who reported cases in India, Bangladesh, Turkey, Peru, Jordan and Israel as well as western countries such as Britain, Norway and Italy.

While Jahangir praised attempts at legal reform in Turkey and Jordan, she emphasized the fact that some non-Muslim countries fail to take a firm stand on “what they perceive as the traditional values of the East, which is not correct.”

Sources:

The Nando Times - April 7, 2000