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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


Jun 2, 2015 Susana Careaga
Jun 2, 2015 Robert B. Kaplan
Jun 2, 2015 antonio calbetó
Jun 2, 2015 Patricia Fuentes
Jun 2, 2015 CAROLYN Crawford
Jun 2, 2015 Gabriela Gentz
Jun 2, 2015 Amanda Albuquerque
Jun 2, 2015 raphael balboni
Jun 2, 2015 Jenni Graham
Jun 1, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jun 1, 2015 Linda Stitt
Jun 1, 2015 Russell Knock
Jun 1, 2015 Wally Wells
Jun 1, 2015 Rose Rygiel
Jun 1, 2015 Nancy Rittenhouse
Jun 1, 2015 joos branders
Jun 1, 2015 Sandra Greene This must end
Jun 1, 2015 Lori O'Dell
Jun 1, 2015 Lynn Sledge
Jun 1, 2015 Russell Anderson
Jun 1, 2015 Debbie Ehrlick
Jun 1, 2015 Audrone Jokubauskiene
Jun 1, 2015 Christine DeBerry
Jun 1, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jun 1, 2015 Lynette Kourouzides
Jun 1, 2015 vautrin noelle
Jun 1, 2015 Deanna Gentle
Jun 1, 2015 Ashley Tate
Jun 1, 2015 rebecca mcmillan
Jun 1, 2015 Veronica Ortiz
Jun 1, 2015 kathryn elderkin
Jun 1, 2015 Bożena Staniszewska
Jun 1, 2015 Roseline Nizzoli
Jun 1, 2015 Rose Seiden
Jun 1, 2015 Betty Scott Please STOP this cruelty!
Jun 1, 2015 Peggy Namanny
Jun 1, 2015 Sandeep M
Jun 1, 2015 Cynthia Trexler
Jun 1, 2015 Elizabeth Hux
Jun 1, 2015 Helen Folkes
Jun 1, 2015 Debby Cash
Jun 1, 2015 Shawna Bessette
Jun 1, 2015 Linda Moore This is insane.
Jun 1, 2015 Kazimiera Pendrey This is just barbaric and cruel
Jun 1, 2015 Susan Johnson
Jun 1, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 31, 2015 jackie godbout
May 31, 2015 Kristy Lindberg I thank God that I grew up in a tolerant, Christian family that never left me fearing for my life because of dishonoring them. We must provide safe havens for less fortunate women! Let us protect women from so-called honor killings.
May 31, 2015 Ann Heffner This is beyond horrid, I don't have the words to describe this. Please do any thing that you can to bring an end to this.
May 31, 2015 massa laura Please continue advocate to end the barbaric practice of honor killings around the world.

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