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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

Mar 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 18, 2018 Jennifer Lapachian
Mar 18, 2018 Brenda Dye
Mar 16, 2018 Natalia Blommaerts
Mar 16, 2018 Kate Ross
Mar 16, 2018 Brenda Choi
Mar 16, 2018 Alicia Orr
Mar 16, 2018 Jan Mukomela
Mar 13, 2018 carolyn padgett These acts are insanity at it's's murder and the people who did get away with legalized murder. Women have the right in this world to live free. The world is watching.
Mar 12, 2018 Courtney Sulak
Mar 11, 2018 DALE PILLER
Mar 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 6, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 6, 2018 L. Shimabukuro
Mar 4, 2018 Sara Vilhena
Mar 3, 2018 Lisa Harding
Feb 26, 2018 Candice C
Feb 26, 2018 renay lawrence
Feb 26, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 26, 2018 Jessica Dawson
Feb 26, 2018 Martina Riordon
Feb 26, 2018 Julie Strong
Feb 26, 2018 Sandra Martin
Feb 26, 2018 Judith Brown
Feb 26, 2018 Heather Alexander
Feb 26, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 25, 2018 Vicky Hoagland
Feb 25, 2018 Cheryl Tipton
Feb 22, 2018 David Frank
Feb 21, 2018 Carol Watson
Feb 20, 2018 susan shawket
Feb 17, 2018 Kathy & Strack These killings allow the spread of NO intelligence; no morals; no ethics. Intelligent people TALK out their problems or issues--NOT by killing women who only want to live justly and intelligently. Promote positive actions!
Feb 17, 2018 Rosemary Rannes
Feb 16, 2018 Lora Wilson
Feb 13, 2018 Bonnie Steiger
Feb 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 10, 2018 Barbara Murray
Feb 10, 2018 Jennifer Rhoads
Feb 7, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 7, 2018 J. McBride
Feb 6, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 6, 2018 (Name not displayed) Stop all bad karma and sins
Feb 3, 2018 Dawn Williams
Feb 3, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 3, 2018 Marcia Robertson
Feb 2, 2018 Angela Terry
Feb 2, 2018 wynta dangerfield
Jan 30, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 29, 2018 Kim Patterson
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