Margot Parker MEP backs Bill to ban the term ‘honour killing’

Delivered by Margot Parker, on 31 January 2017

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UKIP's women and equalities spokesperson Margot Parker MEP has backed a call to ban the term 'honour killing'.

The East Midlands MEP said she supported the proposed Bill by Conservative MP Nusrat Ghani, which is due to be put forward tomorrow, (Tuesday).

She said: "Last year my colleague Jane Collins MEP started a petition for a ban on the use of the term 'honour killing' by all BBC outlets which are funded by the license fee and on other media outlets to follow this policy voluntarily.

"It stated, quite rightly, that to use the term 'honour killing' when describing the murder of a family member - overwhelmingly females - due to the perpretrators' believe they have brought 'shame' on a family normalises murder for cultural reasons and sets it apart from other killings when there should be no distinction.

"Murder is murder, whether it be for cultural excuses or others. The term 'honour killing' is a euphemism for a brutal murder based on cultural beliefs which have no place in Britain or anywhere else in the world.

"There is nothing honourable in the brutal torture and murder of predominantly women for cultural reasons."


In the Bill, the Tory MP for Wealden is proposing a ban on the term 'honour killing' in official publications.


She said the Bill would also strengthen support given to women who are subjected to domestic violence and even killed while abroad.

The Bill will be presented in the House of Commons tomorrow and Mrs Parker said she wished it every success.



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