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5/30/2014 Honor killings continue to be a real threat for women all around the world. Farzana Parveen, 25 and three months pregnant, was murdered by her own family outside a court building in Lahore while police and bystanders watched. Sign today and let the United Nations know this abhorrent practice must be ended once and for all.
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Women around the world live in constant fear of death by burning, decapitation, stoning, or acid attacks for dishonoring their family. “Dishonorable” acts can be simple exercises of free will: marrying the man of their choice, divorcing abusive husbands, or unacceptable dress. They are even murdered for actions beyond their control, including rape.

A Pakistani mother recently doused her 15-year-old daughter with acid for allegedly looking at a boy. She died slowly after suffering agonizing burns to 70% of her body. This is the latest example of a chilling, global phenomenon that arose from the cultural commodification of women and is reinforced by misguided concepts of honor. It's estimated that as many as 5,000 women are killed by members of their own families annually.

Sign the petition: Urge the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (The Honorable Navanethem Pillay) to continue advocacy to end to the barbaric practice of honor killings.

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Dear Commissioner Pillay:

Women in Pakistan, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq, Afghanistan, and all around the world live their daily lives in fear of a violent, torturous death at the hands of their own family members, all in the name of honor. The twisted notion that a woman is a legitimate lightening rod for a clan's moral liability has resulted in an estimated 5,000 deaths annually via shooting, burning, decapitation, stoning, or gruesome acid attacks.

“Dishonorable” acts can be simple exercises of free will: marrying the man of their choice, divorcing abusive husbands, or simply dressing in a manner deemed unacceptable. They are even murdered by their kin for actions entirely out of their control, including sexual assault and incest, as these are also often interpreted as bringing shame. The justifications for these brutal murders are as morally repugnant as the manner in which they are carried out.

While the two main factors contributing to the origins of this lethal violence against women are the commodification of women as property and misguided conceptions of honor, it is a lack of legal culpability that allows these homicidal acts to continue. Until statutes are in place to punish the perpetrators, the practice of honor killings will no doubt continue to proliferate. Agents of “honor” killings often receive light sentences or are exonerated entirely by the courts because defense of the family's honor is treated as a mitigating circumstance (in Jordan, the murder of women for the sake of restoring family honor is legally sanctioned).

We thank you for opening an international dialogue around this issue and urge you to continue diligent advocacy work towards legal reforms resulting in full prosecution of family members who murder their own daughters, sisters, mothers, and wives.

Petition Signatures


Sep 16, 2014 Waheeda Bahab This is the most disgusting act, where woman are acceptably treated worse than animals. Their rights have to be recognized, otherwise, we have failed as a human race.
Sep 16, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 16, 2014 Kathy Horrall
Sep 16, 2014 Mal Scott
Sep 15, 2014 margaret beadnell
Sep 15, 2014 Sharon Sekura
Sep 15, 2014 David Corliss
Sep 15, 2014 Richard & Linda Entrekin It's past time to put an end to this barbaric practice which no God in any religion stands for!
Sep 15, 2014 Jan Sprotte
Sep 15, 2014 Chuck McCoy
Sep 15, 2014 Terry Maslasz
Sep 15, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 15, 2014 Laura Stansell
Sep 15, 2014 Avril Brown IT'S 2014...........NOT THE D A R K AGES !!! THIS BARBARITY M U S T S T O P !!!!!!!!!
Sep 15, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 15, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 15, 2014 Joan Diego Please help stop this barbaric practice
Sep 15, 2014 tyrella childs
Sep 15, 2014 Avital Gad
Sep 15, 2014 emily besuden
Sep 15, 2014 Stephanie Paul
Sep 14, 2014 Kim Ong The act of violence is never an answer for morality because violence itself goes against morality. Killing is an act of violence, so where does honor hold its place in this act?
Sep 14, 2014 pat & Jimmy Gifford This is wrong! It's simply power, control, and murder! Stop it now!!!!
Sep 14, 2014 Denise Jurgens Stop this outrage.
Sep 14, 2014 Susan Schueller
Sep 14, 2014 Gayle JACKSON
Sep 14, 2014 Cristine Garner
Sep 14, 2014 Karen Caravello
Sep 14, 2014 Cherisse Scott
Sep 14, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 14, 2014 Jean Janson
Sep 14, 2014 Jen Jolly
Sep 14, 2014 Doreen Besso Why? In this day is this type of murder allowed??
Sep 14, 2014 Kijafa Jacobs This sad. This isn't Islam.
Sep 14, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 14, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 14, 2014 Lydia Mullen
Sep 14, 2014 Bearnice Croft
Sep 14, 2014 Denille Fleming
Sep 14, 2014 Roberta Shields Killing is inhuman.There is no defence. There is no excuse.
Sep 14, 2014 Evelyn Lamoureux
Sep 14, 2014 debra dillon Please help stop this horrible behavior
Sep 14, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 14, 2014 beatrix Til
Sep 14, 2014 Christine La Chance
Sep 14, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 14, 2014 Jody LaCoss
Sep 14, 2014 Catharine Hay
Sep 14, 2014 Kelly Murphy
Sep 14, 2014 Lois Skidmore

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