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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


Sep 29, 2014 Rovbert Millre
Sep 29, 2014 Richard S Another example of how Islam is not a peaceful religion.
Sep 29, 2014 Melissa Kizior
Sep 29, 2014 Catherine Bakula Really??!! In this day and age?? Maximum penalties for the perpetrators and crucial education is needed to stop this.
Sep 29, 2014 Antoinette Gonzales
Sep 29, 2014 Rebecca LeMesnager Thank you for assisting in making the world a better place.
Sep 29, 2014 (Name not displayed) Freedom for all human beings.
Sep 29, 2014 (Name not displayed) Please stop the senseless killing and maming of innocence. Living life is hard enough for all.
Sep 29, 2014 nick parvanehgohar Freedom for women!
Sep 29, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 28, 2014 Emily Whittemore God gives life and ONLY God should take it away...
Sep 28, 2014 Autumn Gentry
Sep 28, 2014 Rebecca Lambert
Sep 28, 2014 Heidi Whittemore Deplorable
Sep 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 28, 2014 fayrouz eisa
Sep 28, 2014 Susan Sandham Please help bring all the World into the 21st Century!
Sep 28, 2014 (Name not displayed) Honor killing has nothing to do with honor. Stop this practice!
Sep 28, 2014 Catriona Robertson
Sep 27, 2014 Joanne Barrett
Sep 27, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 27, 2014 Mary Bendfeldt This is very important for the humanity of everyone involved in the culture of honor killings. They must stop for the good of all.
Sep 27, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 27, 2014 Tracey Hagan
Sep 27, 2014 Audrey Herdenberg
Sep 27, 2014 Anne Schwimley
Sep 27, 2014 Francesca Asbury-Semmens
Sep 27, 2014 Asia Marshall
Sep 27, 2014 ben dugger
Sep 27, 2014 Elizabeth MacCanon
Sep 26, 2014 Frieda Robinson
Sep 26, 2014 Susan Fisher
Sep 26, 2014 kay joy
Sep 26, 2014 Karissa Walsh
Sep 26, 2014 elsbeth morgan
Sep 26, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 26, 2014 Tina Bailey
Sep 25, 2014 (Name not displayed) I don't understand why women are the ones suffering these honor killings in the first place. They're not exactly the honored members of their society. Why so much weight on them when they're given no credit for responsibility? This is just woman hate.
Sep 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 25, 2014 Connie Williams
Sep 25, 2014 Katie Gilbert
Sep 25, 2014 Tammy Boykin
Sep 25, 2014 lauren sonis
Sep 25, 2014 Marilyn Grable
Sep 25, 2014 Jessica Brown
Sep 25, 2014 Karlene Nechanicky
Sep 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 25, 2014 Chris March
Sep 25, 2014 Loraine Hudelson Honour all life - killing is not honourable. This practice is barbaric and unconscionable.
Sep 25, 2014 Judy Hayne

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