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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


Dec 17, 2014 velma jean
Dec 17, 2014 Ingrid Housego
Dec 16, 2014 Brandi Bell
Dec 15, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 15, 2014 Julie Dingley These MURDERS are completely dishonourable and unjustifiable. In the majority of countries, we look to our families to provide love, comfort, warmth and protection. How can the families of these poor women and girls betray them, and murder them?
Dec 14, 2014 Lois Skidmore
Dec 14, 2014 Jan Luke
Dec 14, 2014 Christine Carcenac
Dec 14, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 14, 2014 Linda Wiley
Dec 14, 2014 Denise Reynolds
Dec 13, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 13, 2014 Maika Clarke
Dec 13, 2014 Roze McAlister
Dec 13, 2014 Cassie Hackney
Dec 13, 2014 (Name not displayed) There is NO honor in killing.
Dec 13, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 13, 2014 grigoris dimitros
Dec 13, 2014 giorgos dimitros
Dec 13, 2014 Jennifer Polizzi
Dec 13, 2014 Beverly Edelstein This needs to stop!!
Dec 13, 2014 Kerry Igwebuike There is no honour in taking another human being's life away from them. These killings must be stopped and there must be laws made to make the murderers accountable.
Dec 13, 2014 Hadis J
Dec 13, 2014 C Nagy
Dec 13, 2014 Kolchuma Begum
Dec 13, 2014 Daniela Podešvová
Dec 12, 2014 John Taylor Jr
Dec 11, 2014 annette florence
Dec 11, 2014 Cheryl Hanks-Hicks
Dec 11, 2014 Katherine Myskowski
Dec 10, 2014 Laura Tysinger
Dec 7, 2014 Donald Martin
Dec 7, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 7, 2014 Beverley Buffett
Dec 6, 2014 Martha Dewing
Dec 5, 2014 samantha jordan it would be great if everything was peaceful and good, and not violent and cruel. WE ARE NOT ANIMALS SO WE BETTER STOP ACTING LIKE ANIMALS
Dec 3, 2014 (Name not displayed) Stop women abuse !
Dec 3, 2014 Effimia Stefanidou
Dec 2, 2014 Doreen Murphy-Lee No woman should live in fear of husband's or extended family's disapproval that could result in a violent death. This is an archaic + violent practice that has no place in today's world. Men must be held accountable for their actions.
Dec 2, 2014 KESAVA RAM GANGIPAMULA Be Human and lets spread the message of BEING HUMAN to our next generations to learn and apply
Dec 2, 2014 Christin Lee
Dec 2, 2014 Caroline Nash
Dec 2, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 2, 2014 Sonica Kapur
Dec 2, 2014 A M
Dec 2, 2014 Nancy Harting
Dec 2, 2014 Dave Millard These brutal murders are not only morally repugnant, but are themselves dishonorable acts.
Dec 2, 2014 Eileen Cain
Dec 2, 2014 Maureen McCauley
Dec 2, 2014 Susan Bagley

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