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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


Jan 27, 2015 Rebecca Tarr
Jan 25, 2015 Kathy Lash
Jan 25, 2015 Mary Luketich
Jan 22, 2015 carrie McDowell
Jan 22, 2015 Laura I Frederick Honor life from conception to natural death.
Jan 22, 2015 Dorothy Rossi
Jan 21, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 21, 2015 Patricia Shriver
Jan 21, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 20, 2015 Mohamed Haris Mohamed Mazlan
Jan 20, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 20, 2015 Joan Ardrey
Jan 20, 2015 Lisa Smith
Jan 19, 2015 M S
Jan 19, 2015 emilio leone
Jan 19, 2015 Angela Campbell
Jan 19, 2015 Jacqui Foster
Jan 19, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 19, 2015 debra clayton
Jan 19, 2015 pamela guyon
Jan 18, 2015 LINDA FANCHER
Jan 18, 2015 Jeff Coen
Jan 18, 2015 joyce jacobson please stop the cruelty and ignorance
Jan 18, 2015 GILLIAN THOROGOOD
Jan 18, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 17, 2015 Mary Bryan Honor life from conception to natural death.
Jan 17, 2015 Linda Lee
Jan 16, 2015 Joy Branch
Jan 16, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 16, 2015 (Name not displayed) These are the future mothers of our next generation!
Jan 16, 2015 Kathleen Ager
Jan 15, 2015 Leslie Grice
Jan 15, 2015 Joanne Wisden
Jan 14, 2015 Gilay Oliveira Souza de Azevedo
Jan 14, 2015 Javier Carrera
Jan 13, 2015 Pat Tierney
Jan 13, 2015 sonja biss
Jan 13, 2015 Rita Pirouet
Jan 12, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 11, 2015 dipanwita dasgupta
Jan 11, 2015 Jeanne Fecht-Roberts
Jan 10, 2015 anna helenes
Jan 9, 2015 karen howard
Jan 8, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 8, 2015 R. Holt
Jan 7, 2015 Christy ODonnell
Jan 6, 2015 Scott Sinclair Sr
Jan 6, 2015 Rob Kompeer
Jan 5, 2015 Kelsey DiCarlo
Jan 5, 2015 Lane Page

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