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The end of the ‘honour killing’ law in Syria?

July 5th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Politics

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).

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  • 1 cheb // Jul 6, 2009 at 3.50 pm

    although a step in the right direction – this is only a small step.

    honour killings need to be completely abolished in the arab world – there are other ways issues like this can be dealt with – through methods of education and communication.

    without sounding like a feminist – it infuriates me that men are ones doing the killings and yet they are the reason behind the honor killing itself!!

    syria – really give the world something to talk about and treat this type of crime for what it really is… simple murder!

  • 2 Maysaloon // Jul 7, 2009 at 11.21 am

    I agree with Cheb. The reason behind these killings is men themselves – we all want to crap on somebody elses doorstep but we want a virgin to marry.

    Our societies have forgotten that getting married was the necessary requirement to having sexual relations. The heavy burden we now place on marriage as some kind of institution has made it either unachievable or too far in the future for anybody to consider it a viable option. So they do things in secret. We are all guilty…but the situation is sad because it does not have to be this way.

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