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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 just one 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 (Prince Zeid bin Ra'ad) to continue advocacy to end to the barbaric practice of honor killings.

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Dear Prince Zeid bin Ra'ad, High Commissioner for Human Rights:

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 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


Jul 21, 2016 Kimberly Frimel
Jul 21, 2016 Paul Hagan
Jul 21, 2016 Rhonda Spencer
Jul 20, 2016 Nick Heger
Jul 20, 2016 Isabela Calin
Jul 19, 2016 Helen Chan
Jul 19, 2016 Elizabeth Aguirre
Jul 19, 2016 Sarisha Maharaj
Jul 19, 2016 Catherine Belanger
Jul 19, 2016 Denise Vanvooren
Jul 19, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 19, 2016 rosette putzeys
Jul 19, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 18, 2016 Rosa Pereira
Jul 18, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 17, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 17, 2016 Robert Krone
Jul 17, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 17, 2016 Susan Dudley
Jul 17, 2016 kathleen stanger
Jul 17, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 17, 2016 Cheryl White There is no honor when defenseless women and girls are murdered by their relatives. There needs to be an end to this archaic practice .
Jul 17, 2016 Kitty Lopez
Jul 17, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 17, 2016 Kimberly Koman
Jul 17, 2016 Lorilie Morey
Jul 17, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 16, 2016 (Name not displayed) this has to stop .we are all human beings.. this is in Human ..women being treated like they are Nothing
Jul 16, 2016 Kathleen Brocar
Jul 16, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 16, 2016 Candy Mascia
Jul 16, 2016 Pamela Justice
Jul 16, 2016 Vicki Bondin
Jul 16, 2016 (Name not displayed) This stuff make me sick. Hate for any human being. God gave us a choice of free will. Can't do anything about the customs you are born into.
Jul 16, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 16, 2016 Debra Wills
Jul 16, 2016 tyler olson gross. be a human. be a humanist. have empathy. stop killing one another, there is no justifiable reason to end another's life. No morality and definitely no god will side with your despicable actions. Love and support women more. Do your part.
Jul 16, 2016 Cassie Morris
Jul 16, 2016 Suzette Niles
Jul 16, 2016 catherine leigh
Jul 16, 2016 Debbie Allen
Jul 16, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 16, 2016 Georgie Baumgartner Women's lives matter. Killers have to live with the consequences and face retribution via the legal system.
Jul 16, 2016 REBEKAH FISK
Jul 16, 2016 Kerry Whannell
Jul 16, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 16, 2016 Juanita Leone
Jul 14, 2016 Sandra Wilson
Jul 13, 2016 Donna Jabillo
Jul 13, 2016 Colleen Mcgovern

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