Famous Norwegian defenceattorney calls for lower punishment in cases of honor killings!!

It is with utter disgust I read the paper of today! http://www.aftenposten.no/nyheter/iriks/article2126407.ece

It is a big disappointment to see that one of the most popular and controversial attorneys of Norway means that there is something understandable about honor killings. He wants a say 2 year punishment discount on sentience of 17 years for killing you wife. He lashes out on the Norwegian public for not being understanding about other cultures and thinking patterns. He wants people to think why an honor-killing happened!

Me born and brought up in Norway I have always been fond of this country which recently was considered to be the second best country to live in in the world (beaten by Iceland this year). However with people like Tor Erling Staff around I feel an utter shame.

This man should never have been given the right to defend people or practice law. How can anyone defend honor-killing? It is the most barbaric and horrifying crime, next to pedophilia. One would think that your rights as a human-being and a woman are well protected in a country like Norway. But from time to time you are reminded of the fact that there are some men also in the best country in the world who should be living in other parts of the world where honor-killing is a minor crime and there is no prosecution!!

The stand this man takes towards the horrors of honor-killings is as shameful as the fact that 72 women have been killed in Norway the last seven years. These murders are committed by their boyfriends, husbands and ex’s. Considering that the murder-rate in Norway is the lowest in the world (according to Michal Moore in Sicko) this is alarming!

What kind of world do we actually live in? Are there reasons that make it okay for a husband to kill his wife or a brother to kill his sister?

Norway and Norwegians often criticize all that is different and a very popular saying/slogan in Norway is ” It is typically Norwegian to be the best”. With the likes of Tor Erling Staff and the murder-statistics us Norwegians still have a long way to go before we can point our finger to any other nation or people. How about cleaning our own house for filth like Staff and his thinking-partners!!


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ammani
    Nov 29, 2007 @ 20:40:05

    Shazia, I’m with you on this. There is just no excuse for “honor” killing, let alone this soft bigotry wrapped in political correctness that would dictate lighter sentences for these crimes.

    I’m for universal human rights, not cultural and moral relativism.

    Ellen R. Sheeley, Author
    “Reclaiming Honor in Jordan”


  2. Karen Tintori
    Nov 30, 2007 @ 15:07:19

    It is time we stop hiding behind the veil of cultural and moral relativism to excuse murder. There is no excuse for killing a sister, wife, daughter or niece. Ever.

    When it comes to vengeance murders, pleading political correctness is a dishonorable cop-out.

    Karen Tintori, author
    Unto the Daughters: The Legacy of an Honor Killing in a Sicilian-American Family


  3. Danielle Willis
    Feb 23, 2008 @ 17:53:05

    Re: “Cultural relativism”: Did you ever notice that when something has to do with women it’s “cultural” and when men are involved it’s political? Women fleeing certain genital mutilation in sub-Saharan Africa are routinely denied asylum or left to languish in INS detention camps because female circumcision is a “traditional cultural practice” and the US doesn’t interfere with other countries religious beliefs, not over something that just affects women anyway.


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