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Muslim women's group opposes addition of honour killings to Criminal Code
by Juliet O'Neill
The Canadian Council of Muslim Women opposes the addition of "honour killings" to the Criminal Code on the grounds "murder is murder" and a special category could stigmatize new immigrants and some ethnic or religious groups.
Opposition Liberal and New Democrat MPs and several legal experts also objected Tuesday to such a change, floated by Rona Ambrose, federal minister for the Status of Women, at a news conference Monday.
Three law professors said the first-degree murder provisions of the Criminal Code already contain all the tools needed to prosecute and punish those who commit "honour killings" and they knew of no Canadian judge or jury which treated cultural family "honour" as a mitigating factor in sentencing.
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