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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


Feb 28, 2015 Emma Meunier
Feb 28, 2015 marisa acuna
Feb 28, 2015 Helen Campbell Where in any bible or word of god does it justify taking a woman life because her choices were different from yours. Judgement will be the thing you should fear constantly
Feb 28, 2015 Rebeca Rauda
Feb 28, 2015 Dona LaSchiava LORD HAVE MERCY! TIME TO EVOLVE!!!!! This HEINOUS SUB-HUMAN SAVAGERY has NO PLACE in 21st century civilization!
Feb 28, 2015 Kara Steffen
Feb 28, 2015 Pam Weems
Feb 28, 2015 Frances Pazereckas
Feb 28, 2015 Richard Bradley
Feb 28, 2015 mark calise
Feb 28, 2015 Kat Nelson This is insane and unacceptable.
Feb 28, 2015 JUDITH ROBERTS
Feb 28, 2015 Laura Aldridge
Feb 28, 2015 Merrian Malouf
Feb 28, 2015 Catherine Fields
Feb 28, 2015 k l
Feb 28, 2015 Abigail Clark
Feb 28, 2015 Jeff Lecours
Feb 28, 2015 Carolyn Turcio-Gilman There is no honor in such killings.
Feb 28, 2015 Judy Krach
Feb 28, 2015 Vivianne Mosca-Clark No person should be afraid to walk in life and be afraid they might do a wrong. The child that acid thrown on her was a innocent child. The parent was over board on her discipline. No child needs to be treated in this manner. That was immoral to me.
Feb 28, 2015 Shirley Highers
Feb 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 28, 2015 debbi williams There's no honor in honor killings
Feb 28, 2015 Shirley Harris These are murders and should be prosecuted as such.
Feb 28, 2015 (Name not displayed) THIS PRACTICE IS NOT ONLY ARCHAIC ,BUT INHUMANE, INTOLERANT AND PRIMEVAL IT IS AN EVIL PRACTICE AND AN EXCUSE FOR
Feb 28, 2015 (Name not displayed) Women bring life into this world! They should be honored and respected. Those that cause these deplorable acts should suffer punishment!
Feb 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 28, 2015 laura mccoy
Feb 28, 2015 (Name not displayed) So very sad that anyone can be treated in this way, and that it is acceptable behaviour in some societies.
Feb 28, 2015 lidia fermin
Feb 28, 2015 rosa sanchez
Feb 28, 2015 Rudi Affolter "Honour" killings are not honourable. They are totally dishonourable. Brutal murder. Those responsible should be locked up and the key thrown away.
Feb 28, 2015 Kathy Marshall
Feb 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 28, 2015 Barbara Ferguson
Feb 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 28, 2015 Brenda Egan
Feb 28, 2015 Mary Ann Cushing
Feb 28, 2015 SUSAN IOANNOU We cannot go back to the middle ages.Barbarism like this has to stop. Women have been suffering since the beginning of time, while most men live by such double standards.
Feb 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 28, 2015 Jennifer Hill
Feb 28, 2015 Sophie Alevizaki
Feb 28, 2015 Marie Hood
Feb 28, 2015 Loretta Calfee
Feb 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 28, 2015 N. Katayama
Feb 28, 2015 Agnieszka Gocek
Feb 28, 2015 susan barron Stop these dreadful killings
Feb 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)

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