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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


Sep 22, 2014 Katherine Linebaugh
Sep 22, 2014 Sarah Merida
Sep 22, 2014 Kathy Kelly
Sep 22, 2014 Kathleen Bohms
Sep 22, 2014 Giulia Limperopoulos
Sep 22, 2014 L Hanlon
Sep 22, 2014 c g It is a shame that the education of some cultures can actually believe that a figure they hold in higher regard would actually condone the murder /mutilation of a female family member for the simple reason of family vanity.
Sep 22, 2014 Shirley Bayless
Sep 22, 2014 Barb Christlieb There is no honor in committing murder. We are each responsible for what we do. We each face God individually. Not for someone else, but for ourselves only. Our reputation is based on what WE do, NOT what someone in your family does. STOP THE KILLING!
Sep 21, 2014 Mimi Mardiros
Sep 21, 2014 Isabel Baltazar
Sep 21, 2014 Marija Zacharova
Sep 21, 2014 Marcia Oyler
Sep 20, 2014 Leonard Marshalek
Sep 20, 2014 karen watton
Sep 20, 2014 Jacqueline Edwards
Sep 20, 2014 Susan Albert Comment, why? This is a horrific act. Let's end it.
Sep 20, 2014 Robert Fricke
Sep 19, 2014 Christina F
Sep 18, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 18, 2014 Clay Brantley
Sep 18, 2014 Sue Fraser
Sep 18, 2014 Stacy Thibert
Sep 17, 2014 Michael Gangl
Sep 17, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 17, 2014 Brittany Ericksen
Sep 17, 2014 Nancy Wein
Sep 17, 2014 Cindy Anderson Please stop these monstrous murders of the innocent. They are a disgrace to all decent Middle Eastern countries and cultures, and these ancient evil practices must be ended. Punish those who practice these things, and help to bring an end to them.
Sep 17, 2014 Remi Corriveau
Sep 17, 2014 Vafa Seify
Sep 17, 2014 Jinn Jacobson
Sep 17, 2014 Catherine Peck There is no honor when we ca not honor every human life.
Sep 17, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 17, 2014 Dorothy Germino
Sep 17, 2014 (Name not displayed)
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Sep 16, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 16, 2014 Allen Moore
Sep 16, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 16, 2014 Joni Bardin
Sep 16, 2014 Joann Hess
Sep 16, 2014 (Name not displayed) The atrocities to women MUST STOP. Although the world has come a long way ~ we are NOT out of the dark ages yet. Please help save the women of the world.
Sep 16, 2014 Dexter Richards
Sep 16, 2014 Waheeda Bahab This is the most disgusting act, where woman are acceptably treated worse than animals. Their rights have to be recognized, otherwise, we have failed as a human race.
Sep 16, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 16, 2014 Kathy Horrall
Sep 16, 2014 Mal Scott
Sep 15, 2014 margaret beadnell
Sep 15, 2014 Sharon Sekura

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