April 20, 2004

HONORING THE KILLERS:

JUSTICE DENIED FOR "HONOR" CRIMES IN JORDAN

I. SUMMARY..
II. BACKGROUND...
Women's Status and Violence against Women
The Lack of Reliable Statistics
Insufficient Responses to Threats made by Relatives
III. FOUR ILLUSTRATIVE CASES, 2003
IV. HONOR CRIMES UNDER JORDANIAN LAW...
The Campaign against Article 340
Effective Exoneration: Article 98
V. BETRAYING THE VICTIMS: THE OFFICIAL RESPONSE..
The Police: Traditional Sympathies and Virginity Examinations
The Family Protection Unit: Excluding "Honor" Cases
The Ministry of Social Development: No Shelter, Little Counseling
Administrative Governors and the Jweideh Women's Correctional and Rehabilitation Centre
Ministry of Justice: Elusive Promises
The Judiciary
VI. JORDAN'S OBLIGATIONS UNDER INTERNATIONAL LAW...
VII. RECOMMENDATIONS
To the Government of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
To the United Nations
To the World Bank, Other International Lending Institutions, and Governments
To the Donor Community
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS