Syria has scrapped a law which limited the sentence of men who kill women for so-called ‘honour crimes’.
Before, they could only be jailed for up to one year. Now, they must be behind bars for at least two years.
It comes as Parliament votes against a highly controversial Civil Status Law which would have seriously undermined women’s rights.
But even though these steps are positive, honour crimes are still tolerated: men can still get a reduction in their sentence if they can prove their victim was “harming the family’s honour” (by committing adultery, for example).