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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


Aug 31, 2014 Shannon Erickson
Aug 30, 2014 judith knouff
Aug 29, 2014 Maria Serrano
Aug 29, 2014 Helga S. So called "Honor Killings" cannot be accepted.
Aug 29, 2014 Lorna Davies
Aug 28, 2014 james hardin
Aug 28, 2014 Sharon Sutton
Aug 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 28, 2014 Rosalinda Rayne
Aug 28, 2014 Karen Scrivner
Aug 28, 2014 Elizabeth Sausto
Aug 27, 2014 Sharon Stolt
Aug 27, 2014 Georgia Lee
Aug 23, 2014 Candace Wood
Aug 23, 2014 Greatest Ever
Aug 22, 2014 Esther García de Diego
Aug 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 21, 2014 Debra Wilson
Aug 20, 2014 Elisa Garcia
Aug 20, 2014 Alexis Stringfield
Aug 19, 2014 Desiree McGlynn
Aug 16, 2014 Rebecca Odom
Aug 16, 2014 maria manuela lopes
Aug 16, 2014 Jonathan Peebles
Aug 14, 2014 Lisa Haut
Aug 14, 2014 ROBIN KARLSSON
Aug 13, 2014 Spomenka Chekerevatz
Aug 13, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 13, 2014 Helen Colfer
Aug 13, 2014 Katrín Gudmundsdottir
Aug 13, 2014 Leanne Corney
Aug 13, 2014 SHARON OUDERKIRK
Aug 12, 2014 (Name not displayed) Put a stop to these "DIShonorble " Killings!
Aug 12, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 12, 2014 karen Buckley Please help stop these killings. I don't understand the cruelty of human beings to each other
Aug 12, 2014 Cheryl Kopelman
Aug 12, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 12, 2014 aoibhinn Gilroy
Aug 12, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 12, 2014 Meggin Lane If death by the same method was enacted upon those who "murder" for honor perhaps in time this tradition would be phased out.
Aug 12, 2014 Irene Papadouli
Aug 12, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 12, 2014 Sally Sampson
Aug 12, 2014 Toni Palmer
Aug 12, 2014 Susan Morgan
Aug 12, 2014 Melissa Johnson
Aug 12, 2014 bert singleton
Aug 12, 2014 Betzabeth Pagan Stop the abuse and the killings. Every human being deserves respect.
Aug 12, 2014 Jana Brooks
Aug 12, 2014 Cynthia Tarpein

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