The legislative preamble sets the stage for the entire piece of legislation. The following elements are important to a strong and inclusive legislative preamble on “honour” crimes:
- IT excludes customary, cultural or religious justifications for violence against women. United Nations Handbook for legislation on violence against women, 3.1.5 and states that honour crimes are “incompatible with all religious and cultural values” (See United Nations General Assembly, 2004, Working towards the elimination of crimes against women and girls committed in the name of honour, A/C.3/59/L.25, p. 2; the Report of the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, a framework for model legislation on domestic violence, 1996, E/CN.4/1996/53/Add.2)
- IT emphasizes that there is no “honour” in “honour” crimes and killings.