SOAS University of London

Centre of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law

Honour Crimes Project

Combating crimes of 'honour' through data, documentation, networking and development of strategies

The 'Honour Crimes' Project operated over the years 2000-2005,  jointly co-ordinated by CIMEL (Centre of Islamic and Middle Eastern Laws) at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University and INTERIGHTS (International Centre for the Legal Protection of Human Rights). The project was an action-oriented collaborative research project on Strategies to Address 'Crimes of Honour' initiated in 1999 and co-directed by Lynn Welchman, then the Director of CIMEL, and Sara Hossain, then  Legal Officer (South Asia) at INTERIGHTS and a barrister at the Supreme Court of Bangladesh.

Globally, the Project sought to facilitate co-operation among activists, lawyers, academics and others and to develop and deepen understanding, explore theoretical frameworks and build upon diverse and multiple strategies, nationally, regionally and internationally, to combat impunity for those responsible for 'honour' crimes and to challenge the climate of support for the practice amongst state institutions.

Following the publication in 2005 of the papers produced by the Project and its partners, the Project ceased active operation. Currently, a number of the pages and resources on this site are being updated with the help of a small grant from SOAS and considerable voluntary contributions from different parts of the SOAS community. We aim to maintain this website as a resource, and welcome suggestions towards improving and updating it, which may be sent to the email address below. Although the Project is not currently staffed, we are exploring the possibilities of future activities.

Contact Details

Professor Lynn Welchman
School of Law,  SOAS,  Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Tel: +44 (0) 207 898 4672