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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 Rachael Pappano
Feb 28, 2015 Jay Armbruster You are not a man if you harm a woman. You are pork. Oink, oink little piggy.
Feb 28, 2015 Susan Wayland
Feb 28, 2015 Catharine Keene
Feb 28, 2015 toby cook
Feb 28, 2015 Sarah Brooks
Feb 28, 2015 Susan Bennett Shocking that this kind of thing is still going on in the 21st century.
Feb 28, 2015 Peggy J. Brown
Feb 28, 2015 Nancy Bradford This is also happening in the United States as so-called "non-lethal" weapons are used on women, targeted for various reasons. Too old, had an abortion, speaks out about the environment, divorced....various reasons that make her "not worthy" of life.
Feb 28, 2015 claire fairhurst
Feb 28, 2015 Kelvin Wannamaker This disgusting behavior must be stopped. No human should live in fear as these woman do. All humans deserve equal rights to life their lives to the fullest.
Feb 28, 2015 Jacqueline Rozenfeld
Feb 28, 2015 Sue Eliserio
Feb 28, 2015 Dave Mattozzi
Feb 28, 2015 B. Levine Stop barbarous attacks on women.
Feb 28, 2015 Peggy Robey
Feb 28, 2015 (Name not displayed) I'm shocked and outraged by this horrendous brutality! When will men ever learn that we women are their equals? We're here to be honoured and cherished - without us there would be no life, no you. We even contain you within our description:WO(man) WO(men)
Feb 28, 2015 jan songer stop this inhumane killing towards women
Feb 28, 2015 (Name not displayed) While I generally accept others for their religious or cultural beliefs, this is a truly barbaric practice against women, along with genital mutilation, and must be ended.
Feb 28, 2015 G. G. Johnson
Feb 28, 2015 Eleanor Burgess
Feb 28, 2015 Elisabeth Aubin
Feb 28, 2015 Elaine Trogman
Feb 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 28, 2015 Fran Dickinson
Feb 26, 2015 Dale Benest
Feb 24, 2015 Adela Brent Women's rights are human rights and they must be respected by individuals and States. We need urgent action that goes beyond words and papers.
Feb 24, 2015 Lynn Webber
Feb 23, 2015 Rachael Marshall
Feb 23, 2015 Lorryn Young
Feb 22, 2015 joan silaco
Feb 22, 2015 Renee Calpin MUDER IS MURDER AND THERE IS NO HONOR IN MURDER JUST EVIL, CRUELTY, AND SHAME!! NEVER KILL!! SAVE INSTEAD!!!
Feb 21, 2015 Crystal Kimmel
Feb 20, 2015 Marty Mathieson
Feb 20, 2015 Carla Pratas
Feb 19, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 19, 2015 Gerry Moran
Feb 19, 2015 Jacqueline Fitch
Feb 18, 2015 Aleena Mathew
Feb 17, 2015 Camille Jones
Feb 15, 2015 Judith Embry
Feb 14, 2015 Anna Wing
Feb 14, 2015 Peter Scott
Feb 14, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 12, 2015 Shawnee Dawn Horn
Feb 12, 2015 Maria Zambrano
Feb 11, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 11, 2015 Priscilla Gallou
Feb 11, 2015 barbara charland

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