Ban urges respect for women's rights

UNITED NATION - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced concern over the recurring incidents of killings of women and girls in various parts of Pakistan on the pretext of defending family honour.

"The secretary-general is a strong advocate of the human rights of girls and women," his spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters at the regular noon briefing at UN Headquarters in New York on Friday.

The spokesman was responding to a question about a spate of incidents of "honour killings" across Pakistan, in most cases involving girl marrying against the wishes of their parents.

The secretary-general, he said, calls on everyone to respect the rights of women and girls everywhere.

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