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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


Apr 28, 2015 Bambi Magie
Apr 28, 2015 Anja Mielke
Apr 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 28, 2015 Tajeer Robinson
Apr 28, 2015 Nancy Thelot
Apr 27, 2015 melissa cockrell
Apr 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 27, 2015 Joanne Helperin
Apr 26, 2015 Emily Shumack
Apr 26, 2015 Carol Guffey Persecution of women on this planet is a disgrace and must be stopped now!
Apr 23, 2015 Eric McDonald This is an ongoing epidemic, and this MUST stop, at all costs.
Apr 23, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 23, 2015 Mary Caputi
Apr 23, 2015 marcello ugliano Every killing is an horror
Apr 22, 2015 Victoria Sarver
Apr 22, 2015 Richard Bennett
Apr 22, 2015 Pamela Wymer
Apr 21, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 21, 2015 David Kirkland
Apr 21, 2015 Shari M
Apr 21, 2015 Connie H This isn't honor it's an another excuse for murder!
Apr 20, 2015 Lesley-Anne Smith
Apr 20, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 20, 2015 Marco Brinckmann
Apr 20, 2015 Dawn Bowers
Apr 20, 2015 Randy Barlow
Apr 20, 2015 John Dennis
Apr 20, 2015 Cheri Brennen
Apr 19, 2015 Simon McDonald 'Honour killings' are dishonourable. If you can't see that - you are blind
Apr 19, 2015 Jean Simons
Apr 19, 2015 Mary Clausing
Apr 19, 2015 Beatrice Costagliola
Apr 19, 2015 Alicia Weiss
Apr 19, 2015 Valerie Crawford This barbaric practice needs to stop. Violence against women has to stop.
Apr 19, 2015 Allen Alberti
Apr 19, 2015 leila abbassi
Apr 18, 2015 john ward
Apr 17, 2015 Aleix Gonzalez
Apr 17, 2015 Flora Kagan
Apr 16, 2015 Elizabeth Snyder~Baldonado No REAL MAN does such a horrible, Godless thing. PLEASE keep these helpless ones in your prayers.....:'(:'(:'(:'(:'(.........
Apr 16, 2015 Andrew Gresko.
Apr 16, 2015 Carolina Luzardo
Apr 16, 2015 Eugenia Capetillo
Apr 15, 2015 Christina Huys
Apr 13, 2015 caroline borel
Apr 13, 2015 J Therle
Apr 13, 2015 Paul Pennington
Apr 13, 2015 Ronald Brown
Apr 13, 2015 Phyllis Thakis

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