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This volume brings together the practical insights and experiences of individuals and organisations working in diverse regions and contexts to combat 'crimes of honour'. Authors examine strategies of response to such manifestations of violence against women, focusing largely on 'honour killings' and interference with the right to choice in marriage, and the related use and legal treatment of the defence of 'honour' and 'provocation' in different countries of Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and South Asia. This timely volume is distinctive in approach and content, highlighting activist and practice-orientated academic perspectives from both the South and the North. The authors give voice to the struggle to locate 'crimes of honour' firmly within the international framework of violence against women and human rights, rather than positioning these abuses as specific to particular cultures or communities. The first of its kind, this book serves as a resource in addressing 'honour crimes' and, more broadly, violence against women, and will be of interest to a multi-disciplinary academic audience as well as to lawyers, policy-makers and activists.
Lynn Welchman is senior lecturer in the law department at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Sara Hossain is a barrister practising at the Supreme Court of Bangladesh, and a member of Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK), a national human rights and legal aid organisation.
* 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': A Critical study of legislation and case law in Latin America - Silvia Pimental, Val'ria 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
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