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Strengthening the fight against so-called ‘honour’ crimes

In a plenary debate, PACE strongly condemned so-called “honour” crimes which can take the form of murder, sequestration, abduction, torture, mutilation, burning, forced suicide, forced marriage, or conversion therapy.

In a resolution adopted today, on the basis of the report by Beatrice Fresko-Rolfo (Monaco, ALDE), it called on member States to ratify and implement the Istanbul Convention – which clearly states that custom, tradition, culture, religion or so-called “honour” cannot justify violence – and stressed that “no mitigating circumstance on grounds of so-called “honour” may be enshrined in national law or tolerated in judgments”.

In order to strengthen the fight against these crimes, PACE proposed to the States a set of measures concerning the protection of and assistance to victims, and in the area of prevention. It recommends, in particular, opening telephone helplines in several languages; guaranteeing a sufficient number of places in reception facilities with adequate funding; offering support to victims of this violence who have fled their country; and conducting prevention and awareness-raising campaigns.

The parliamentarians called on member States to punish any public statements inciting violence against women, domestic violence and violence against LGBTI people, including in the name of so-called “honour” and to condemn a system of oppression based on it.

The Assembly also advocated stepping up data collection, supporting NGOs for the protection of women's rights and the rights of LGBTI people and adopting an intersectional approach in the fight against discrimination, violence against women, domestic violence and violence against LGBTI people.