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Honour killings in Germany

In memoriam Hatun Surucu
In memoriam Hatun Sürücü. Photo: flickr/offshore

According to a Federal Criminal Police (Bundeskriminalamt, BKA) report (2006):

From 1996 to 2005 48 honour killings (the victims being both men and women) took place in Germany.

The total number of honour killings and attempted honour killings was 55.

Over the same period there were a total of 25,687 cases of murders or attempted murders in Germany.[55]


The German NGO Papatya also investigated honour killings in Germany. Its numbers were similar:

42 honour killings took place between 1996 and 2005. In 32 of these cases (77 percent) victims and/or perpetrators were of Turkish or Kurdish background.[56]  

The main perpetrators of honour killings were the victim’s (ex)husband (in 36 percent of cases), brother (28 percent) or father (19 percent).

[55] Werner Schiffauer, Parallelgesellschaften, 2008, p. 45.

[56] Terre de Femme, Studie Ehrenmord (study hounour killing), p. 22.

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