Turkey gets to grips with ‘honour killings’

Turkey is poised to introduce mandatory life sentences for those who carry out “honour killings”, in an effort to combat a crime which has marred its quest to join the EU.

Wide-ranging changes to the penal code will end the current practice of allowing murderers to plead family honour as an extenuating circumstance to justify killings.

“Turkey clearly realises this is an issue that can be used to very good effect by those who are sceptical of Turkish membership of the EU,” said James Ker-Lindsay who runs a regional thinktank. “This is the latest sign that Turkey is increasing efforts to improve its human rights record.”

Source [The Guardian]

I hope one day the same punishment can be applied on those who commit these hideous crimes in Jordan.