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ISBN13: 9781842776278
ISBN: 1842776274
Published: October 2005
Publisher: Zed Books
Format: Paperback
Price: £19.95

This book arises from the practical insights and experiences of individuals and organisations addressing so-called 'honour crimes' in different geographic and social contexts, including 'honour killings' and interference with the right to marry. Its purpose is to support human rights activists, policymakers and lawyers by explaining what such crimes are, how they vary from country to country, and what strategies are needed to combat them. Drawing on original case material from a wide range of countries, it identifies and analyses cross-cutting thematic issues and seeks to develop a human rights based framework as an alternative to a culturally relativist approach. It urges the reform of many national legal systems which enable men to rely on the pretext of 'honour crimes' in order to get a reduced sentence. The contributors take the position that the concept of 'crimes of honour' should have no special legal recognition but should be treated as any other acts of violence against women - they have no justification.

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Preface: Violence Against Women and 'Crimes of Honour' - Radhika Coomeraswamy; Introduction: Honour, Rights and Wrongs - Lynn Welchman and Sara Hossain ; 1. The United Nations and International Advocacy on 'Crimes of Honour' - Jane Connors ; 2. 'Crimes of Honour': Value and Meaning - Purna Sen; 3. The Role of 'Community Discourse' in Combatting 'Crimes of Honour': Preliminary Assessment and Prospects - Abdullahi An-Na`im; 4. 'Honour Killings' and the Law in Pakistan - Sohail Warraich ; 5. Women Murder in Lebanon: 'Crimes of 'Honour' between Reality and the Law - The Lebanese Council to Eliminate Violence Against Women; 6. Crimes of Honour as Violence Against Women in Egypt: An Analysis and Future Prospects - The Centre for Egyptian Women Legal Assistance; 7. Researching Women's Victimization in Palestine: A Socio-Legal Analysis - Nadera Shalhoub Kevorkian; 8. Culture, National Minority and the State: Working against 'the Crime of Family Honour' among the Palestinian Community in Israel - Aida Touma-Sliman; 9. Changing the rules? Developments on 'crimes of honour' in Jordan - Reem Abu Hassan and Lynn Welchman; 10. Honour-based Violence among the Kurds: The Case of Iraqi Kurdistan - Nazand Begikhani Killing ; 11. 'Crimes of Honour' in the Italian Penal Code: an Analysis of History and Reform - Maria Gabriella Bettiga; 12. 'Legitimate Defence of Honour': Illegitimate Impunity for Murder. A Critical study of legislation and case law in Latin America - Silvia Pimental, Valeria Pandjiarjian and Juliana Belloque; 13. Women's Struggles Against 'Honour Crimes' in the UK - Hannana Siddiqui; 14. Forced Marriage in Bangladesh: Of Consent and Contradiction - Dina Siddiqi; 15. From Fathers to Husbands: Of Love, Death and Marriage in North India - Uma Chakravarty ; 16. Tackling Forced Marriages in the Nordic Countries: Between Women's Rights and Immigration Control - Anja Bredal; Bibliography; Index