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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


Jul 1, 2015 Pamela Nielson
Jul 1, 2015 Lisa Lamonte
Jul 1, 2015 Lynn Lamonte
Jun 30, 2015 Undine Nestler
Jun 30, 2015 Elizabeth Ashack
Jun 30, 2015 Shirley Randolph
Jun 29, 2015 Ellen Swears
Jun 29, 2015 Thor Klaveness
Jun 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jun 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jun 27, 2015 Anthony Maddaluno
Jun 27, 2015 n. gottlieb
Jun 27, 2015 Shona Geard
Jun 25, 2015 Kathleen Tashiro
Jun 25, 2015 Camille Dent
Jun 25, 2015 Susan Evans I do not have any understanding of a situation where murdering someone can be considered HONORABLE oe can restore honor to s family!!!! It seems they abhor the honorable!
Jun 24, 2015 Tammy Ahmouda
Jun 23, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jun 23, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jun 23, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jun 23, 2015 Kaitlin Kennedy
Jun 22, 2015 Mary Virginia Dorfman Sometimes mankind doesn't deserve the brain that he has been given. Many men are beastly!!!
Jun 20, 2015 (Name not displayed) Sad state of affairs.
Jun 20, 2015 Sandra Tetenburg
Jun 19, 2015 yvette vernet
Jun 19, 2015 (Name not displayed) I condem anyone who murders anyone. God will deal with sins when you pass away.
Jun 17, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jun 17, 2015 Barbara Mellon
Jun 17, 2015 John Grooms
Jun 17, 2015 susana guillamon
Jun 17, 2015 Annie Smit
Jun 16, 2015 Beatriz Arellano
Jun 16, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jun 15, 2015 Linda Talley
Jun 15, 2015 Judy Hollingsworth
Jun 15, 2015 Gabriele Sillah
Jun 15, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jun 14, 2015 (Name not displayed) This practice is a gross injustice to our fellow human beings. Honor killings really dishonor the killers and their families. Killing a person for attempting to protect themselves from an abusive spouse is cold blooded murder regardless of the reason.
Jun 14, 2015 Marco Cattalani
Jun 14, 2015 Neal Ryder
Jun 13, 2015 Cynthia Terry
Jun 12, 2015 S. Marsh
Jun 11, 2015 Anastasia Vorobyeva
Jun 11, 2015 Heidi Lupardo
Jun 10, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jun 10, 2015 Joanne Barber
Jun 10, 2015 Erin Jones
Jun 10, 2015 Lauren Armstrong
Jun 9, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jun 9, 2015 (Name not displayed) What kind of barbarism is justified by such a religious sect?

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