Honor Killings and the Law in Jordan
Human Rights Watch exhorted Jordan to amend its penal code that allows leniency in cases of honor crimes this Tuesday. Even though the Jordanian Justice Ministry declared a special tribunal to hear such cases last month, Human Rights Watch contended such tribunals “are not an adequate solution when discriminatory penal code provisions effectively sanction the violence.”
It is estimated up to 20 women are murdered every year in Jordan in honor killings, but the practice is not limited to the country. There have been recently publicized cases in Gaza, Turkey and Saudi Arabia, leading Maliha Al-Shahhab of the Saudi daily al-Watan to blast honor killing as anti-Islamic. However, the majority of cases likely go unreported.