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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

Oct 13, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 13, 2015 Lisa Shantz "Honor" killings are less honorable than stripping naked, painting yourself bright green, and twerking in the middle of an intersection while twirling a sock monkey above your head.
Oct 12, 2015 Nicole Hendrickx
Oct 12, 2015 donna davis THIS IS SICKENING AND NEEDS TO BE STOPPED !!!
Oct 11, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 11, 2015 Gaby Hinojos
Oct 10, 2015 Edyth Hutton
Oct 10, 2015 janet russell Unbelievable barbarism in our modern age. Stop this madness. Women are human beings!
Oct 10, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 10, 2015 David Humphreys
Oct 10, 2015 Sanjoy Banerjee We really need to stand up for all who are being harassed, marginalised, traumatised or hurt. and women are 50% of our species!!. Please ensure that they feel protected and safe. Thanks
Oct 9, 2015 Charles Healey
Oct 9, 2015 Annastasia Siry
Oct 9, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 9, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 9, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 9, 2015 Valorie Henson
Oct 9, 2015 Jenny Braun
Oct 9, 2015 Tana Bronk
Oct 9, 2015 Gudda Nicholas
Oct 9, 2015 Karla Duncan
Oct 9, 2015 J. Olafsson
Oct 9, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 9, 2015 Stephanie Shangraw
Oct 9, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 9, 2015 Laurie Pottish
Oct 9, 2015 (Name not displayed) women are abused and raped throughout the world including our country. just ask women in the military
Oct 9, 2015 Kym DuPont
Oct 9, 2015 Suzan Williams
Oct 9, 2015 Connie Swanson
Oct 9, 2015 Donna Gonsalves
Oct 9, 2015 Paul Gonsalves
Oct 9, 2015 Paul Gonsalves
Oct 9, 2015 Monty Lyons
Oct 9, 2015 Michele Gyselinck
Oct 9, 2015 Lily Rocco The only dishonor here falls in those who take lives.
Oct 9, 2015 eve simon
Oct 9, 2015 Earl Swallow
Oct 9, 2015 Deborah Earle
Oct 9, 2015 Arlene Kalis
Oct 9, 2015 Peter Clark
Oct 9, 2015 Caroline Leach So incredibly sad and senseless. What a waste of lives. Please help educate and stop these misguided honor killings!
Oct 9, 2015 Richard & Joan Gordon
Oct 9, 2015 Hope Ogden The reason why men kill women is because they fears us! There are basically only two emotions that humans experience: LOVE & FEAR! Which do you live by?
Oct 9, 2015 Linda McLean
Oct 9, 2015 Beth Sommerfeld This is 2015; it is unacceptable that this atrocity still happens!!!
Oct 9, 2015 Susan Sillars
Oct 9, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 9, 2015 Joan Woods

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