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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 8, 2015 Michelle Travaille
Oct 8, 2015 Evdokia Kapsoulou
Oct 8, 2015 Alicyn Rivera
Oct 7, 2015 Daniel Driver
Oct 6, 2015 Deborah Johnson
Oct 5, 2015 Jackie McNeely-Estes
Oct 5, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 5, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 5, 2015 melody O'Connor
Oct 4, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 4, 2015 Stefania Loppo
Oct 3, 2015 (Name not displayed) This practice is barbaric and for this to still happen in this day and age is an absolute disgrace. This practice must be stopped completely and for good. It is ridiculous this has not been stopped already!
Oct 2, 2015 Marina Clary
Oct 2, 2015 Annemarieke Otten Never accept any arguments in favor of honor killing. It is absolutely wrong, no matter whose culture we are talking about.
Oct 2, 2015 Floris van den Berg There is no honor in honor killing! Let's make the world a better place and free the world of honor killings! Let women free. Respect human rights!
Oct 1, 2015 Andrea Gilveli
Sep 30, 2015 Corie Walters
Sep 29, 2015 (Name not displayed) How on earth can anyone kill anyone for any reason, and honor killing is so very bizarre concept. May be these murderers should try killing themselves, since their so called honor is gone due to act of others. Then they will know the value of life.
Sep 29, 2015 Criss Sledge
Sep 29, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Sep 29, 2015 Laurie Fisher
Sep 29, 2015 Tania Malven
Sep 29, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Sep 29, 2015 Barbara Ossias No civil society should condone this barbaric practices and those that do should not have access to UN support, monetary or otherwise.
Sep 27, 2015 Ethan Osman
Sep 26, 2015 Regina Carson No woman should ever have to worry about being murdered on a man's whim. She should be treated with respect and allowed to keep her dignity as well as her life.
Sep 25, 2015 Judy Barnes
Sep 24, 2015 Linette Schreiber
Sep 24, 2015 Mary Wylie
Sep 24, 2015 Colleen Swingle
Sep 24, 2015 Thomas Avery
Sep 22, 2015 Tammy Kuiper Barbarism must end.
Sep 21, 2015 Lorelei Williams
Sep 21, 2015 Sharon Cousins
Sep 20, 2015 Susan Martin
Sep 19, 2015 Linda McKee This practice is appaling and a living horror for all women in these countries. The mindset must be changed. Can only imagine the terror these women live with every day....many still children in our world.
Sep 18, 2015 Carolyn Kaneko
Sep 17, 2015 Anne Marciszyn
Sep 17, 2015 David Moyer
Sep 17, 2015 Mary Miller
Sep 17, 2015 Jeremy Ruman These horrors are truly beyond comprehension.
Sep 16, 2015 Sara Priscila Joaquim
Sep 16, 2015 jacqui morton My heart breaks
Sep 16, 2015 Claire Sands-Sullivan
Sep 15, 2015 Luis Figueroa
Sep 15, 2015 billy smith
Sep 15, 2015 Nancy Arnold
Sep 15, 2015 Dianna Cristello I care..
Sep 15, 2015 Neal Baron There is misogyny, injustice, cruelty and dishonor in "honor" killings.

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