All forms of violence against women and girls in the name
of traditional codes of honour are considered to be so-called "honour
crimes" and constitute a serious violation of fundamental human
rights. No tradition or culture can invoke any kind of honour to
violate women's fundamental rights. In addition, over the last twenty
years, so-called “honour crimes” have become increasingly common
in Europe, particularly in France, Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany,
the United Kingdom, and Turkey.
The Parliamentary Assembly should ask Council of Europe member
states to, inter alia, draw
up and put into effect national action plans to combat violence
against women, including violence committed in the name of so‑called
"honour", to introduce “relationships, sex and reproductive health
education” for both girls and boys, to engage, or begin a dialogue
with, religious authorities and to invite them to condemn so-called
“honour crimes” and to co-operate in their prevention.
The Assembly should also ask the national parliaments of Council
of Europe member states to pass legislation, if they have not yet
done so, to make so-called "honour crimes" criminal offences, providing
for a penalty commensurate with the gravity of the acts committed
(both for their perpetrators and for any accomplices or any persons
ordering such crimes), either by creating a specific offence or
by making provision for penalties to be aggravated.
It should finally recommend appropriate steps to the Committee
of Ministers, amongst which calling on it to instruct the Ad hoc
Committee on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and
Domestic Violence (CAHVIO) to include in the future Council of Europe
convention the severest and most widespread forms of violence against
women, including domestic violence and so-called “honour crimes”.