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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 1, 2015 Oliver Shunmugam
Aug 31, 2015 Nancy Thelot
Aug 31, 2015 Aline Javelaud
Aug 30, 2015 Sharon Lowe
Aug 30, 2015 Ari Schwartz
Aug 30, 2015 Roxanne Asel
Aug 30, 2015 Maggie Booth
Aug 29, 2015 jenn robb
Aug 29, 2015 Mary Hamilton
Aug 29, 2015 Terri Neizmik
Aug 29, 2015 Robert Martin III
Aug 29, 2015 Flora M
Aug 29, 2015 Kathryn Segal
Aug 29, 2015 Shawn Kovacich
Aug 28, 2015 Cara Moses
Aug 28, 2015 Joann santos
Aug 28, 2015 Claire Hazelwood
Aug 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 27, 2015 (Name not displayed) STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN NOW!!!
Aug 27, 2015 Jon Rich
Aug 27, 2015 manca daniela
Aug 27, 2015 (Name not displayed) Wow, that is horrific. I cannot wait until I see the day that men and women are both treated fairly and kindly in an EQUAL manner, just as Jehovah God had intended it originally. I definitely sign.
Aug 27, 2015 Rachel Hardin
Aug 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 27, 2015 Maria Raposo
Aug 27, 2015 MARCO TOMBESI
Aug 26, 2015 Manuela Werthwein
Aug 26, 2015 Erica Brinker
Aug 26, 2015 Latricia Vaughn This is nothing more than BARBARIC!! There is no honor in killing any innocent woman or child! If a woman is raped, how about killing the rapist?? He is the one who deserves punishment, not the woman! Honor killings are sick thinking, & totally wrong.
Aug 26, 2015 Phyllis Dupret
Aug 26, 2015 francesco giovanati
Aug 26, 2015 palmira bodini
Aug 26, 2015 paola capellini
Aug 26, 2015 Mishelle Vislisel
Aug 26, 2015 George Giannakopoulos
Aug 26, 2015 Jessica Cheng
Aug 25, 2015 Angie Hris
Aug 25, 2015 joann izumi
Aug 25, 2015 Sharon R
Aug 25, 2015 Kim Johns
Aug 25, 2015 davide agulini
Aug 25, 2015 Yvonne Schaap
Aug 24, 2015 Natasha Varner
Aug 24, 2015 Janet Geiler
Aug 24, 2015 Margaret Sober
Aug 24, 2015 Melissa Ruiz
Aug 24, 2015 Colette Ceuterick
Aug 24, 2015 mary grace pivarnik
Aug 24, 2015 (Name not displayed)

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