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I understand that cultural traditions are important to people in society; however, some traditions are out of date- this being one of them.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.