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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 5, 2015 (Name not displayed) Dear Commissioner Pillay,To respect All human of the world ,let enjoy who we all like to be with,instead of being force to who we do not want to be with ,but have the choice of who we would like to have,like Freedom.
May 5, 2015 Rayna Priyanka
May 5, 2015 Seiji ONo
May 5, 2015 Quasia Harts
May 5, 2015 Pratrthana Kalmath
May 5, 2015 Ponni Miranda
May 5, 2015 Nolan Miranda
May 5, 2015 Nikhil Simha
May 5, 2015 Mukil Tubilleja
May 5, 2015 Micheal Kulikowski
May 5, 2015 Meg Kulikowski
May 5, 2015 Jonathan Meggitt
May 5, 2015 Jack Mccarthy
May 5, 2015 Sai Aninthula
May 4, 2015 Stacy Ping
May 4, 2015 Lee Gustaferro Please don't use violence against loved ones or community members.
May 4, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 4, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 4, 2015 Dave Howard
May 3, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 3, 2015 Marjatta Hartzell
May 3, 2015 Tamsin Lindsay
May 3, 2015 Stephen Parker
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May 2, 2015 Philip Gale
May 2, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 2, 2015 Jennifer Dean
May 1, 2015 Diana Haigh
Apr 30, 2015 Michael Scala
Apr 30, 2015 Len Lucas
Apr 30, 2015 Elise Buffie
Apr 29, 2015 Alicia Godreau
Apr 29, 2015 Melissa Allen
Apr 29, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 29, 2015 Robyn FENDALL
Apr 28, 2015 Forrest Reinke
Apr 28, 2015 Lucille Carter This type of action is completely unacceptable. To put pressure on governments to try and affect change in their respective countries, boycott purchasing products from, or doing business with, countries which allow this abuse of women.
Apr 28, 2015 Brittany Paral
Apr 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 28, 2015 Lisa Jawahar
Apr 28, 2015 Bambi Magie
Apr 28, 2015 Anja Mielke
Apr 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 28, 2015 Tajeer Robinson
Apr 28, 2015 Nancy Thelot
Apr 27, 2015 melissa cockrell
Apr 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)
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Apr 27, 2015 Joanne Helperin
Apr 26, 2015 Emily Shumack

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