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Honor killings against women increase in southeast Syrian city

Civil activists protested the lack of judiciary against domestic violence and honor killings, launching the hashtag “Our blood is on your hands” and calling on the government to consider honor killings as a crime to prevent the death of more women.

Dozens of civil and rights activists held a sit-in Nov. 19 in front of the Palace of Justice in the city of Suwayda southeast of the Syrian capital, Damascus, in protest against the rise of crimes against women and girls that perpetrators have referred to as "honor killings."

The protesters held banners reading “We will seek justice,” “The killer has no honor,” “Crime and honor do not meet,” “Killing women is not honorable,” “You killed because she was a woman,” “You killed her because you are a criminal,” “We want the rule of law” and “The law is our security and protection.”

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