Doc. 9166

4 July 2001

Crimes of honour

Motion for a resolution

Presented by Mrs Err and others

This motion has not been examined by the Assembly

and only reflects the views of its signatories

1.       The “crime of honour” or the crime against women committed in the name of honour is the murder of a woman by family members for a real or perceived illicit relationship and/or “immoral behaviour” in order to protect the “honour” of the family. This crime is closely connected to the “blood feud”, the male counterpart of the crime of honour. Every year, thousands of women and men, girls and boys die in honour and blood-feud killings in a wide range of countries.

2. The Assembly, recalling the Convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women and the UN Declaration on the elimination of violence against women condemns such crimes as a human rights violation. It is gravely concerned by the numerous cases of crimes of honour reported in some European countries and calls on the member states of the Council of Europe to prevent, investigate and punish the perpetrators of such crimes.

3.       The elimination of crimes of honour requires deep changes in the mentality of those nations where such crimes could still be justified by traditions and customs and can be achieved only through the joint efforts of all Governments and civil society, including non-governmental organisations.

4.       Therefore, the Assembly recommends the member states of the Council of Europe :

– to effectively implement the laws related to these crimes and to take all necessary measures aimed at increasing the knowledge of the causes and consequences of such crimes, among policy makers, police personnel, judicial workers;

– to provide support to the actual and potential victims, including personal protection, legal aid, physiological rehabilitation;

– to launch national awareness raising campaigns, involving the educational system, religious institutions and the mass media, in order to stop and prevent crimes of honour.

Signed : 1

Err, Luxembourg, SOC

Agudo, Spain, SOC

Aguiar, Portugal, EPP/CD

Akgönenç, Turkey, EDG

Chapman, United Kingdom, EDG

Cryer, United Kingdom, SOC

de Puig, Spain, SOC

Dromberg, Finland, EDG

Druziuk, Ukraine, UEL

Etherington, United Kingdom, SOC

Hegyi, Hungary, SOC

Holovaty, Ukraine, LDR

Jones, United Kingdom, SOC

Kiely, Ireland, LDR

López-González, Spain, SOC

Marmazov, Ukraine, UEL

Popescu, Ukraine, SOC

Rogozin, Russia, UEL

Sağlam, Turkey, EPP/CD

Urbanczyk, Poland, SOC

Varela i Serra, Spain, LDR


1        SOC: Socialist Group

      EPP/CD: Group of the European People’s Party

      EDG: European Democratic Group

      LDR : Liberal, Democratic and Reformers’ Group

      UEL: Group of the Unified European Left

      NR: not registered in a group