No two elements are more important to the establishment of a civilized and open society than society’s respect for individual human rights and respect for and submission to the rule of law. These two elements, however, are not always compatible. When society adopts laws that undermine the basic rights of a class of citizens, a tension is created between an individual’s responsibility to respect society’s laws, and that same individual’s right to be protected and treated equitably by his or her society. This scenario occurs when society adopts laws, which selectively provide under-protection to a class of citizens because of an immutable characteristic such as race, religion or gender instead of providing equal protection to all.
Honor Crimes In Jordan: Their Treatment Under Islamic and Jordanian Criminal LawsPenn State International Law Review (2004)
Citation InformationFerris K. Nesheiwat. "Honor Crimes In Jordan: Their Treatment Under Islamic and Jordanian Criminal Laws" Penn State International Law Review 23 (2004): 251.