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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

Dec 26, 2014 (Name not displayed) There is no honour other than compassion
Dec 26, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 26, 2014 (Name not displayed) Well past time for equality. We are not a commodity and without women there are no children.
Dec 26, 2014 shelley kinnear
Dec 26, 2014 aryjo Feuerstein
Dec 26, 2014 Margo Miller
Dec 26, 2014 Karen correia
Dec 26, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 26, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 26, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 26, 2014 david daratony
Dec 26, 2014 Kathryn MacKenzie These are your mothers, sisters and daughters they should mean more, without them you would not have been born. Disgraceful
Dec 26, 2014 marie bittner
Dec 26, 2014 Helen Harkless These acts are barbarric
Dec 26, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 26, 2014 Elizabeth J Sicurella
Dec 26, 2014 Ruth Bright
Dec 26, 2014 Mary White
Dec 26, 2014 Catherine Steadman This is unacceptable in civilized peoples. Stop Now!
Dec 26, 2014 vlasta martonosi
Dec 26, 2014 Kathleen Roach
Dec 26, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 26, 2014 bettie nading stop the barbaric practice of honor killings
Dec 26, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 26, 2014 Tammy Olson
Dec 26, 2014 martin Stephens Complete barbarism..... This must end know
Dec 26, 2014 (Name not displayed) we add our voices to others calling for this murderous act to be discontinued; the true dishonour belongs to those who feel it serves the greater good. of anyone.
Dec 26, 2014 Simona Petrauskyte
Dec 26, 2014 Florence C
Dec 26, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 25, 2014 Nancy Boland
Dec 25, 2014 Christine Deita
Dec 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 25, 2014 Zafeiria Nomicos
Dec 25, 2014 Susan Mackay
Dec 25, 2014 Susan Bockert
Dec 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 25, 2014 Heather Ruckman
Dec 25, 2014 Susan Tyler
Dec 25, 2014 John Rokicki Advocate for laws. Prosecute the offenders. This horrible practice is an abomination before civilized society and God. Please support these efforts.
Dec 25, 2014 Jan Vogel
Dec 25, 2014 Deborah Morrison Compassion and respect for all humanity ... women are not a commodity.
Dec 25, 2014 sally roach
Dec 25, 2014 barbara stangalini
Dec 25, 2014 Camellia Rains
Dec 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 25, 2014 Amy Ramsey May GOD bless these woman and protect them and keep them safe from such actions as these... in JESUS name † No one should have to suffer these atrocities
Dec 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 25, 2014 Marsha Coppernoll

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