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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


Jun 26, 2016 natalee egan
Jun 25, 2016 Cecilia Fogarty
Jun 25, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jun 25, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jun 25, 2016 Margaret Hickey This HAS to stop! There is NO honour only MURDER!
Jun 25, 2016 andrea switzer
Jun 25, 2016 Erin Monfort This is a horrible act of violence towards women! This needs to be stopped immediately!
Jun 25, 2016 Heather Koglin
Jun 24, 2016 Mandy Keane
Jun 22, 2016 Vicky Bertrand Please outlaw these horrific and evil crimes against women. It is murder when someone takes some one else's life. There is no honor in murdering a family member who is your flesh and blood. Please put an end to these evil acts against innocent women!
Jun 21, 2016 Suzanne Jensen
Jun 21, 2016 Valerie Lawson The only way to describe these killings are acts of cowardice. A culture of cowardice...that's nothing of which to be proud or honored.
Jun 20, 2016 Becky Bunch
Jun 17, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jun 15, 2016 (Name not displayed) While I respect religious practices, THIS is not one of those but is MURDER. Another religious manifest says "Vengence is mine sayeth the Lord. Prays for her family. "Vengence is mine sayeth the Lord.
Jun 13, 2016 Debby Litke
Jun 12, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jun 12, 2016 Flora Foster
Jun 11, 2016 Mark Gable
Jun 11, 2016 Ramona Isbell Stop murdering innocent women.
Jun 10, 2016 Martine Macmillan
Jun 9, 2016 natalie Walters
Jun 9, 2016 Connie Ellefson
Jun 9, 2016 Sylvia Vairo
Jun 9, 2016 Victoria Meliodon
Jun 8, 2016 jane Boos
Jun 7, 2016 julie muffin bush did 9/11
Jun 7, 2016 ethan brammel my dad touches me but this website saved me
Jun 7, 2016 ethan brammel plz let behggin by jouney
Jun 6, 2016 marty Rajandran
Jun 5, 2016 Jan Marek
Jun 5, 2016 Patricia Ellsworth
Jun 3, 2016 Diane Kehoe There is nothing honorable about 'Honor Killings'. Violence never solves a problem or makes a situation better. Please help to raise the standards of the world so that 'Honor Killing' will cease to be an accepted way to solve a problem.
Jun 3, 2016 Lynne Pendergast
Jun 3, 2016 C M
Jun 3, 2016 Gillian Dubin
Jun 3, 2016 Lorraine Costea
Jun 3, 2016 Jim Coleman
Jun 3, 2016 Linda DeLaquil
Jun 3, 2016 Robin Carletta Disgusting. These countries should be ashamed of themselves for allowing this.
Jun 3, 2016 Carol Stout Honor killing isn't honorable at all. It is MURDER! Stop this atrocious crime against women NOW
Jun 3, 2016 Holly Blue
Jun 3, 2016 Joanne Wannan
Jun 3, 2016 (Name not displayed) I can't imagine living in a part of the world where this is a practice. IT MUST STOP.
Jun 3, 2016 Veronica Robertie This is not Allah will, but cultural control!
Jun 3, 2016 Jack Myers Please use your position as a means to end these terrible "honor killings and maimings".
Jun 3, 2016 Ginger Hipszky
Jun 3, 2016 Linda Silva
Jun 3, 2016 Susan Crane
Jun 3, 2016 Tracy Wallis

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