Traditionally, international human rights law was concerned only with torture perpetrated or directly condoned by the State. There has however been a development towards including equally serious acts by private individuals in the concept of torture. The present article explores the implications for the prevention of honour-related violence. It establishes that States have an obligation under international human rights law to prevent private acts of violence in certain circumstances, moves on to examine whether honour-related violence can violate the prohibition of torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and concludes by discussing the obligation to prevent those forms of honour-related violence which violate the prohibition.
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