Alleged Honor Killing in Canada

video from CNN

Honor Killings are a horrific fact of the 21st century.  They plague not only the third world, but also the first world.  Families who commit honor killings believe that those they kill have dishonored their family, and that the only way they can restore family honor is to kill those who have dishonored it.  The reason for the dishonor could be dating [someone outside their ethnicity], going against family beliefs, being LGBT or many other reasons.

These families believe they are restoring honor; however, they are really only bringing shame to themselves and horror to the community around them.  Honor killings do not restore honor; they only cost the lives of innocent individuals who are trying to live their lives- often outside their family’s beliefs.

I understand that cultural traditions are important to people in society; however, some traditions are out of date- this being one of them.  These type of traditions need to give way to new ones.  There is a reason that both international and national laws have condemned [honor] killings: they do not bring honor to a family. They only dishonor them.


About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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  1. Pingback: Islam doesn’t justify ‘honor murders,’ experts insist | haleybehre

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