Harriet Harman

Member of Parliament for Camberwell and Peckham. Mother of the House of Commons

Early Day Motion 706 - Shame Based Crimes

Today I tabled an Early Day Motion (EDM) on Shame Based Crimes to call on the Government to do more to engage with communities in the UK to address all forms of honour based crimes, and to recognise the need for better understanding of the unique challenges shame based abuse presents to service providers supporting victims. 

Full text:

That this House deplores all forms of shame based crimes, otherwise known as honour based crimes, and recognises the need for better understanding of the unique implications and challenges these crimes present to statutory service providers to ensure that all reported incidents are investigated and that all victims are supported; further deplores the rape and murder of Samia Shahid, which but for the tireless work of the hon. Member for Bradford West may otherwise have remained uninvestigated; and calls on the Government to put in a more rigorous and systematic approach to dealing with suspicious deaths of British nationals overseas and a more robust strategy to engage with communities in the UK to address all forms of shame based abuse.

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