• UN condemns "honour killings"

UN condemns "honour killings"

02 April 2013

The United Nations has strongly condemned a recent spate of so-called “honour killings” against Afghan women and girls.

The UN’s women’s agency, UN Women, said three such killings were reported in March alone.

Recent cases include the case of a young girl buried alive by her brother and father, a 14 year old girl who refused to marry her fiancé, and a woman who was killed by her brother for insisting on joining her husband in Iran, and a woman who was beheaded by her husband.

UN Women says it is deeply concerned about the number of cases of “honour killings”.  It points out that although legislation exists to prevent violence against women,  most cases are neither registered nor investigated.

“UN women calls on the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to take a clear stand and ensure that all ‘honour killings’ cases are properly registered and investigated”, the agency said in press release.

It adds that violence Afghan women  is pervasive and seems to be increasing.   More than 4,000 cases of violence against women and girls were reported to the Ministry of Women’s Affairs between 2010-2012.

“More than ever, Afghan women need protection from violence, the survivors of violence need support, and perpetrators have to be brought to justice”, it says.

The UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, has also expressed concern about a 20 per cent increase in civilian casualties among women and girls during 2012.

He said, “there is still a pervasive climate of impunity in Afghanistan for abuses of women and girls. Protecting them is central to peace prosperity and stability for all people in the country”.