|PCHR Condemns Killing of 2 Palestinian Women in the West Bank to "Maintain Family Honor"|
|Sunday, 22 September 2013 00:00|
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) condemns the killing of 2 Palestinian women from Deir Ghosoun and Yatta villages in the West Bank to "maintain family honor." PCHR calls for investigating these two crimes and bringing the perpetrators before justice.
According to investigations conducted by PCHR, on Saturday afternoon, 21 September 2013, the body of (S. M. Z.), 30, from Deir al-Ghosoun village, north of Tulkarm, in the northern West Bank, who was killed by strangulation, was brought to Tulkarm Hospital. The victim's father surrendered to the Palestinian police claiming he committed the crime. The Attorney General’s office opened an investigation into the crime and issued an order to keep the body and refer it to the Forensic Medicine Department.
In the same context, on 12 September 2013, the body of (S. 'E. A.), 21, from Beit Omra village, west of Yatta, to the south of Hebron, in the southern West Bank, who was killed by strangulation as well, was brought to Abu al-Hassan al-Qasem Hospital in Yatta. The Palestinian police arrived at the Hospital and opened an investigation. Moreover, the police referred the body to the Forensic Medicine Department in al-Quds University – Abu Dees. According to the police, the victim's mother was arrested as she claimed she had committed the crime.
It should be noted that a similar crime was committed in al-Nusairat refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip on 08 March 2013, as a result of which (H. S. 'E), 23, was killed. Thus, the number of crimes to "maintain family honor" in 2013 has mounted to 3.
PCHR strongly condemns these crimes and:
1. Calls for serious investigations into the 2 crimes and bringing the perpetrators before justice; and
2. Calls for prosecuting perpetrators of "family honor" murders, and dealing with such murders in the same manner as other crimes of willful killing, taking into consideration international human rights standards.
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