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As Trump cites 'honor killings' in new travel ban, UK debates banning the phrase
by Brian Pellot
As civil liberties advocates in the U.S. criticize President Trump's reference to "honor killings" in a new travel ban, saying it smears and targets Muslims, one Muslim member of the U.K.'s Parliament is acting on separate concerns that the phrase legitimizes rape and murder.
In January, Conservative Member of Parliament Nusrat Ghani proposed a bill in the House of Commons that would prohibit use of the term "honour killing" in official publications.
"Language matters. The use of the term 'honour' to describe a violent criminal act ... can be explained only as a means of self-justification for the perpetrator. It diminishes the victim and provides a convenient excuse for what in our society we should accurately and simply call murder, rape, abuse or enslavement," Ghani said when introducing her crime-against-women bill Jan. 31.
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