Honour Killings

George Edwards made this Freedom of Information request to Home Office

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Dear Home Office,

Could you give me the number of reported honour killings from foreign descendants on British soil, IE England Scotland and wales since 1955 till 2012. Could you also give me the actual percentage of convictions in relation to honour killings by said foreign descendants Honour killings specifically by African/Caribbean and Muslims

Yours faithfully,

George Edwards

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Becky Bbear left an annotation ()

George - It's very unlikely the Home Office or Ministry of Justice would be able to supply the information you have requested.

In such cases the trials would be conducted as murder/manslaughter and recorded as such - any 'honour' aspects would simply form part of a defence argument, or be cited by the prosecution as a motive. Statistically those trials would not be recorded as 'honour killings'.

Think of it this way - In traffic cases would a Court statistically record prosecutions/convictions under 'cat', simply because the defence/prosecution made reference to a cat being involved? Much more likely to just record them as various driving offences.

Press coverage may report/record cases under that subject heading, but not the Courts.

No argument it's an important and contentious social/cultural issue, just think maybe you could approach from a different angle - maybe by searching news agency archives where 'honour killing' is more likely to produce hits as a search criteria?

May take some serious effort, but you could probably compile rough statistics that way.

Just a suggestion while your waiting for the authority to respond.

Becky

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