EURO-MP Jean Lambert has added her voice to calls for David Cameron to establish a day of remembrance for victims of so-called ‘honour-based’ violence and killings.
The capital’s Green MEP has thrown her weight behind a campaign being run by Cosmopolitan Magazine and victim support group Karma Nirvana to establish a day of remembrance as a catalyst for action to help stamp out the estimated 5,000 ‘honour-based’ murders a year worldwide: 12 of them in the UK.
She said: “There can never be an excuse for murder: but many women, often of South Asian origin, are being killed week in week out for the so-called ‘crimes’ of adultery or even seeking divorce.
“World leaders can, and must, say that this is completely unacceptable, and always pursue those responsible to the fullest extent the law allows, crucially taking women’s testimony seriously.
“They should also ensure support services are properly-funded, and are able to offer advice and practical help to women who feel they are in danger.
“Increased awareness of the issue is a vital starting point: that’s why I’m supporting this campaign, and I hope that the Government responds, and sets up a ‘Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Honour Killings’ soon.”
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