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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


Oct 30, 2014 Cathy Wriedt
Oct 30, 2014 Rayleen Nunez
Oct 30, 2014 Karen Holli
Oct 30, 2014 KIMBERLY BEDNARCIK
Oct 29, 2014 Susan Matias
Oct 24, 2014 Julie Cannon
Oct 24, 2014 Andrea Fogt
Oct 24, 2014 Leigh- Anne Francis
Oct 22, 2014 kendra theiring
Oct 21, 2014 mary holmeyer
Oct 21, 2014 Nancy Alexander Murder is a sin.
Oct 21, 2014 LEUTH NOVOTNY
Oct 20, 2014 Kelly Rock
Oct 16, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 16, 2014 Gina Freitas
Oct 16, 2014 Gloria Carlton
Oct 13, 2014 Natalie Gagnon
Oct 10, 2014 Charissa Currie
Oct 10, 2014 Rev. Paula Hart
Oct 10, 2014 shannon braithwaite
Oct 9, 2014 Heidi Handsaker
Oct 9, 2014 Derek Richardson
Oct 8, 2014 Marcia Mery
Oct 2, 2014 Michel Polo elles sont l'autre moitié de notre humanité dans les deux sens !!!
Oct 2, 2014 kathleen stanger
Oct 2, 2014 Kalinke ten Hulzen
Oct 2, 2014 Tori W-H This practice is absolutely barbaric and NEEDS to stop. These are crimes of violence no matter what part of the world you are in. Giving the criminals partaking in honor killings light sentences or exonerating them outright is the same as encouraging them
Oct 1, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 1, 2014 MaryCaroline Shown These perpetrators must be punished by the same method used when they murdered these women, who also happen to be human beings with their own souls.
Oct 1, 2014 (Name not displayed) This is outdated barbarianism... re-educate these people as to what is "honor". This is NOT the way to treat women... and in some cases (rape for example), nothing happens to the men or person(s) who perpetrate the dishonor? Morally all wrong doings.
Oct 1, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 1, 2014 Paula Crane
Oct 1, 2014 Sarah Fisher
Oct 1, 2014 Antonya Hernandez
Oct 1, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 1, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 30, 2014 michelle ng
Sep 30, 2014 Denelle Ergh If the UN High Commissioner can put in place legal actions on those who practice these outdated acts of murder and torture, it's my belief he should. It's time to put an end to the deaths resulting from honor killings.
Sep 30, 2014 Caroline Dawson
Sep 30, 2014 Robert Anuszewski
Sep 30, 2014 laurie ordou
Sep 30, 2014 Lisa Crossman
Sep 30, 2014 Linda Sorrells This "honor" killings are nothing more than condoning abuse and murder.
Sep 29, 2014 Rovbert Millre
Sep 29, 2014 Richard S Another example of how Islam is not a peaceful religion.
Sep 29, 2014 Melissa Kizior
Sep 29, 2014 Catherine Bakula Really??!! In this day and age?? Maximum penalties for the perpetrators and crucial education is needed to stop this.
Sep 29, 2014 Antoinette Gonzales
Sep 29, 2014 Rebecca LeMesnager Thank you for assisting in making the world a better place.
Sep 29, 2014 (Name not displayed) Freedom for all human beings.

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