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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

May 28, 2015 Tanja Lepikkö
May 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 28, 2015 ananias angeles
May 28, 2015 Carolyn Lovett
May 28, 2015 August Eriksen
May 28, 2015 Paula Edwards
May 28, 2015 Jodi Millett This is NOT ok...
May 28, 2015 Melynda Quinn
May 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 28, 2015 Ellen Segal
May 28, 2015 DILICHEN Michèle
May 28, 2015 Zaira Vera
May 28, 2015 Kimberly Carter There is no honor in killing your family. Praying for these people.
May 28, 2015 claude lafaille
May 28, 2015 Rebecca Young
May 28, 2015 B Wiebe
May 28, 2015 Therese Godefroy
May 28, 2015 shannon webb
May 28, 2015 Elga konietzny
May 28, 2015 Connie Dotson
May 28, 2015 Joan Mitchell
May 28, 2015 Lanta Newton
May 28, 2015 Cindy Bassar
May 28, 2015 Daniel Weinberger
May 28, 2015 celeste del vecchio
May 28, 2015 Jennifer Bellano
May 28, 2015 Naomi Taniguchi
May 28, 2015 Ann Phelps
May 28, 2015 Patricia Abbas
May 28, 2015 Kit Dee
May 28, 2015 Linda Archer
May 28, 2015 Lauren Cummins
May 28, 2015 Amber Bonitatibus
May 28, 2015 Caroline de Ville de Goyet
May 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 28, 2015 Lynsey Kelly
May 28, 2015 Paula Eaton
May 28, 2015 Tresoldi Franco
May 28, 2015 Anja Lehtiniemi
May 28, 2015 Robert Duckson
May 28, 2015 Mary Wheeler
May 28, 2015 federica bracciotti
May 28, 2015 Jennifer Messick
May 28, 2015 Mandy DeVine
May 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 28, 2015 Monique Lowther
May 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 28, 2015 Deanna Filippinetti
May 28, 2015 abby kane

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