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Honor killings on the rise in Netherlands
by Maxime Zech
In the last few years, there have been more than 500 reports of honor killing in the Netherlands. In 2013, the number even rose. These incidents take the form of abuse, rape, kidnapping or murder, and are all in the effort to avenge someone.
This is according to the yearly report from the National Expertise Center Honor Related Violence (LEC EGG). The center gets requests for help from regional police units, the Immigration and Naturalization Service (IND) and from institutions where female victims are sheltered.
The victims of honor revenge are mostly Dutch people with a Turkish, Moroccan, Iraqi or Afghan background. In 20 cases in 2013, whereby the expertise center was involved, the revenge was fatal, with either murder, homicide or suicide.
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