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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

Nov 21, 2014 Mairi MacDonald
Nov 18, 2014 Faith Ian
Nov 18, 2014 Kim Taylor
Nov 15, 2014 gloria lorenzo
Nov 14, 2014 Joey Stevenson
Nov 14, 2014 Amber Lancaster
Nov 14, 2014 Ileana Rive
Nov 14, 2014 Nancy Clayton This practice is simply inhuman and unacceptable! Please make these honor killings punishable by death!
Nov 13, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 13, 2014 Sharon Pugh
Nov 13, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 13, 2014 Nancy Hudson
Nov 13, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 13, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 13, 2014 l wartick
Nov 8, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 8, 2014 Erin Williams
Nov 7, 2014 Eileen King
Nov 7, 2014 mieke wilms
Nov 7, 2014 Chaiyasit Sirivej
Nov 6, 2014 carmen cerdero jörs
Nov 6, 2014 gabrielle roach
Nov 6, 2014 Teresa Matlock
Nov 6, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 6, 2014 michelle johnston
Nov 6, 2014 (Name not displayed) This is a matter that needs to be dealt with!!
Nov 6, 2014 Virpi M
Nov 6, 2014 jeni jecheva
Nov 6, 2014 Sheila R. This barbaric sick behaviour needs to STOP NOW!!!
Nov 6, 2014 soheyla azizi
Nov 6, 2014 Ligia Machado
Nov 6, 2014 Ximena García
Nov 6, 2014 Trish Hamilton
Nov 6, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 6, 2014 hindy mwreditg this must stop. It is inhumane.
Nov 6, 2014 (Name not displayed) Stop honor killings
Nov 6, 2014 Marilyn Wells
Nov 6, 2014 Erin Williams
Nov 6, 2014 a yeates
Nov 5, 2014 Ola Bjåland
Nov 5, 2014 Alexandra Johnson End this inhumane practice of honor killings!
Nov 5, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 5, 2014 Kaela Hodzic
Nov 5, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 5, 2014 Brenda Alderman This is UNACCEPTABLE....I can't even begin to say how DISGUSTINGand HORRIFIC this is. THIS MUST BE STOPPED.
Nov 5, 2014 allison bening
Nov 5, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 4, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 30, 2014 Cathy Wriedt
Oct 30, 2014 Rayleen Nunez

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