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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

Jul 30, 2014 j McKinney
Jul 29, 2014 Iris Chynoweth
Jul 29, 2014 Vanesa Deja
Jul 29, 2014 Liam Sauer-Wooden
Jul 29, 2014 Lynn Miller This is making women chattel
Jul 29, 2014 Marion Vollmer Please, honor killings must be stopped.
Jul 29, 2014 martine Hans
Jul 29, 2014 Mary Stubblefield
Jul 29, 2014 Tracy Yarr
Jul 29, 2014 Diane Taylor
Jul 25, 2014 Ellie Stass
Jul 25, 2014 Renate Weinhappl
Jul 24, 2014 Maridell Price
Jul 24, 2014 Elissa Mericle-Gray In nature is it proven beyond a shawdow of a doubt that both plants and animals when they cooperate with one another they all thrive. When are humans going to evolve more than they and understand that when we support each other we all benenfit!
Jul 24, 2014 Kathryn LeMosy
Jul 24, 2014 Jessie Bowen
Jul 24, 2014 Franck Gauthier
Jul 24, 2014 Monique TONET
Jul 24, 2014 Ashray Sood
Jul 22, 2014 Brian Reynolds
Jul 22, 2014 Adriana Reale
Jul 22, 2014 gabriele jefferson
Jul 22, 2014 Julia Motti
Jul 21, 2014 Maddy O
Jul 21, 2014 Nancy Engel
Jul 21, 2014 Kimberly Blaker
Jul 21, 2014 Maxine Parshall
Jul 21, 2014 Janice Sprow We must stand together for womens rights around the world---- so called "honor killings' are murder and should be prosecuted as such
Jul 20, 2014 Misty Hodges Please help stop this gross violation of human rights. The epidemic is flowing into other countries like the US, and England.
Jul 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 20, 2014 Sandra Bowerman
Jul 20, 2014 Jacqueline Ruckert
Jul 20, 2014 Lanisha Caine
Jul 20, 2014 Teresa García
Jul 20, 2014 Marilynn Heilman No more barbaric outrages against women!
Jul 20, 2014 Dave Mattozzi
Jul 20, 2014 Celeste Ferraz
Jul 20, 2014 helen hobson there is no religion that condones the killing of women for any reason. these perpetrators should be brought to justice and dealt with to set an example for others who think these killings are honorable. this is so barbaric.
Jul 19, 2014 Tanny Levy
Jul 19, 2014 Roberto Angarita
Jul 19, 2014 Claudia May
Jul 19, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 19, 2014 Natasha Holloway Sickening. Stop these senseless killings.
Jul 19, 2014 Irena Domeika
Jul 19, 2014 Julia Frisk
Jul 19, 2014 Tara Kennedy
Jul 19, 2014 April Jennings
Jul 19, 2014 Rayea Pieschel
Jul 19, 2014 (Name not displayed) if they dishonour themselves that is their right as a free human being others have no right to punish them

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