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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


Jul 10, 2014 imi bee
Jul 10, 2014 Imaan Beeharry
Jul 10, 2014 Kiron Johri
Jul 10, 2014 Imaan Beeharry
Jul 9, 2014 Quentin Babel
Jul 8, 2014 Kenneth Sanchez
Jul 8, 2014 Matthias Haess
Jul 8, 2014 kevin king
Jul 8, 2014 Teri Endrich
Jul 8, 2014 Sarah Talley
Jul 6, 2014 Sibrina Russell
Jul 5, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 4, 2014 JONATHAN CURTSINGER
Jul 3, 2014 Christine Frisco RN
Jul 3, 2014 Jennifer West This is murder
Jul 3, 2014 Caroline Thibault
Jul 2, 2014 Rohil Jain
Jul 2, 2014 Josilene Nascimento
Jul 1, 2014 Cynthia DiTacconi
Jun 29, 2014 Courtney Schmidt
Jun 29, 2014 Lara Kütz
Jun 29, 2014 Megan Thielking
Jun 29, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jun 28, 2014 Theresa Stowe Stop so-called "honor killings/maimings" of girls/women! Do countries that allow honor killings for women also allow "honor killing/maiming"for men are rapists, child molesters, cheat on their wives, etc.?
Jun 28, 2014 Frances Grange
Jun 27, 2014 Chaya Lander
Jun 27, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jun 27, 2014 (Name not displayed) Lord haver mercy!
Jun 26, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jun 25, 2014 James Brooks
Jun 24, 2014 Sally Laing-Malcolmson
Jun 24, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jun 24, 2014 RICKY SLOAN
Jun 23, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jun 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jun 22, 2014 Nico van Gelder
Jun 22, 2014 Scott Crockett
Jun 22, 2014 Deborah Frame
Jun 22, 2014 Mary Riley
Jun 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jun 22, 2014 Adriano Destilo Women are our mothers and sisters and spouses, what family can kill them and say it's honorable?? That is barbaric madness, it has to stop!!
Jun 22, 2014 Vanessa S
Jun 22, 2014 Hans Overton
Jun 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jun 22, 2014 Kathryn Barstow
Jun 22, 2014 Dawn Kerner
Jun 22, 2014 Mary Moore This is disgraceful...I can't believe that this is happening in our world today! Please stop the honor killings!!!
Jun 22, 2014 Shawnya Calp
Jun 22, 2014 Phyllis Mullins Please help stop these senseless acts of violence. It is horrible that women have to live in fear of their own families.
Jun 22, 2014 (Name not displayed) These practices are uncivilized and must be stopped.

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