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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

Apr 22, 2014 Stefanie DeKoning
Apr 22, 2014 Linda Ridden
Apr 21, 2014 Sasha Brooman
Apr 21, 2014 Susan Murray
Apr 21, 2014 Deborah Garcia
Apr 20, 2014 carole sherman
Apr 20, 2014 Lyla DeVita
Apr 20, 2014 Jeanne Crabb
Apr 19, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 19, 2014 angela caputo
Apr 19, 2014 sue line
Apr 18, 2014 Sue Chard These are just following the traditions of man, not of God.
Apr 18, 2014 Charisse Wise
Apr 17, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 17, 2014 Ian Brown
Apr 16, 2014 Shameira Johnson
Apr 15, 2014 Kathryn Vine-Smith
Apr 14, 2014 Kristy Ess
Apr 14, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 14, 2014 Doris Volmar
Apr 13, 2014 Olivia Hopkins
Apr 13, 2014 Foteini Tota
Apr 12, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 12, 2014 Natacha Benoit
Apr 11, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 11, 2014 Lenora Compton
Apr 10, 2014 Lorna Lynch
Apr 10, 2014 Jacqueline Geoffroy
Apr 10, 2014 Jacqueline Kennedy Where is the love?
Apr 10, 2014 Joana Cipriano
Apr 10, 2014 Jane Thornton
Apr 10, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 10, 2014 Anita Bryant
Apr 10, 2014 (Name not displayed) the hand that is rocking the cradle is taking part in such atrocities, how can those women look at themselves every day???
Apr 9, 2014 Veronica Ramirez
Apr 9, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 9, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 9, 2014 Nicole Johnson
Apr 9, 2014 Chrissy Main
Apr 9, 2014 (Name not displayed) Appalling that we live in an age where this sort of thing is swept under the rug, yet we get daily reminders of how the latest celebrity is screwing up. Unreal...
Apr 9, 2014 Rob Romberg
Apr 9, 2014 AniMaeChi drabic
Apr 9, 2014 Ed Vieira
Apr 9, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 9, 2014 Ann Beckett
Apr 9, 2014 (Name not displayed)
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Apr 9, 2014 Ali Preston-Marshall
Apr 9, 2014 Bettina Leonard

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