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Sara Hossain , Lynn Welchman

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Dec 2 2005

This volume brings together the practical insights and experiences of individuals and organizations addressing so-called "honour crimes", including "honour killings"  and interference with the right to marry, as well as analyzing relevant crosscutting thematic issues. In addition, this book identifies relevant intersecting thematic issues from practice-orientated academic perspective. It seeks to highlight a human rights based framework in seeking to address "crimes of honour" rather than taking a culturally relativist approach.

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'Honour crimes' are in fact among the most dishonourable of crimes involving the killing of others. While clearly condemning these outrageous practices, this book brings very welcome analytical balance, nuance and sophistication to the task of understanding and seeking to combat such killings. It is by far the best recent work on the issue and is indispensable reading.' - Professor Philip Alston, Director, Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, New York University School of Law 'This urgently needed volume provides invaluable insight on how we should understand the concept of honour crimes as it impacts predominately on women and girl children in different contexts throughout the world. In the British context, there has been a strong trend amongst certain policy makers and state service providers to address the question of honour crimes as an 'exotic' problem demanding greater understanding and even 'tolerance' for the religious or cultural practices of minority communities. The volume helps to debunk the view that honour crimes is a 'Muslim' phenomenon, that it is separate from the issue of violence against women and that the struggle for women's human rights is somehow 'alien' to non western or minority communities. Above all it offers an opportunity to develop strategies of resistance in the light of shared knowledge. Thoughtful and thought provoking, the volume is an indispensable tool for anyone seriously committed to eradicating violence against women in all communities. ' - Pragna Patel, Southall Black Sisters, London

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Sara Hossain is a barrister practicing at the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. Lynn Welchman is Senior Lecturer in the Law Department, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

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