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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


May 30, 2015 Zaira Vera
May 30, 2015 Donna Cristo
May 30, 2015 (Name not displayed) These murders are shameful and barbaric, there is nothing remotely honorable in them.
May 30, 2015 agnese laneve
May 30, 2015 rhesa olsen
May 30, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 30, 2015 Wanda Bass
May 30, 2015 Janet Doyle
May 30, 2015 Janet mahoney
May 30, 2015 Maria Simao
May 30, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 30, 2015 Marc Conrad
May 30, 2015 J S
May 30, 2015 Rita O'Sullivan
May 30, 2015 Jim Malone
May 30, 2015 Sue Barnes
May 30, 2015 Susan Bourrillion
May 30, 2015 Susan Sint Nicolaas
May 30, 2015 Amie Bingle
May 30, 2015 Maureen North
May 30, 2015 Marci Turner
May 30, 2015 Nicole Agius Ballucci
May 29, 2015 Esther Perez montero
May 29, 2015 Priscila Partida
May 29, 2015 Rebecca Olsen
May 29, 2015 Beverly Smith
May 29, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 29, 2015 JAVIER CERDA
May 29, 2015 Liv Harris
May 29, 2015 Anne Bekkers
May 29, 2015 Rocío Urban
May 29, 2015 Renate Goth
May 29, 2015 rebecca koo
May 29, 2015 Eva Passerini
May 29, 2015 isabel sleiman
May 28, 2015 Rosa María Capuchino Arciniega I URGE THE UN HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS ( THE HONORABLE NAVANETHEM PILLAY ) TO CONTINUEADVOCACYTO END TO THE BARBARIC PRACTICE OF HONOR KILLINGS.
May 28, 2015 Diana Ramirez
May 28, 2015 Michael Tavaglione
May 28, 2015 Julie Suris
May 28, 2015 Julia Brandner
May 28, 2015 Ursula Dorsch
May 28, 2015 Tanja Lepikkö
May 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 28, 2015 ananias angeles
May 28, 2015 Carolyn Lovett
May 28, 2015 August Eriksen
May 28, 2015 Paula Edwards
May 28, 2015 Jodi Millett This is NOT ok...
May 28, 2015 Melynda Quinn
May 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)

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