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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


Aug 3, 2015 Heather Johnson
Aug 2, 2015 Joanna Ward
Aug 1, 2015 Linee DeMouy
Aug 1, 2015 Jane Firebaugh
Aug 1, 2015 Denise Miu
Aug 1, 2015 Charles Pan
Aug 1, 2015 Bill and Marilyn Voorhies These barbaric and inhumane practices must stop!
Jul 31, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 31, 2015 Gina Tlamsa
Jul 31, 2015 Maija Dravnieks 2 wrongs do not make a right. I demand justice for the murdered in such backwards hypocritical societies where ill bred mentality thinks it's ok to kill another? Let it happen to them . Murdering women for "the family" is passe'. Tell them I said to stop.
Jul 30, 2015 Abdullah ibn Musa Islam
Jul 30, 2015 Janice Matthews
Jul 29, 2015 Cheri Alexander
Jul 28, 2015 Debra McGregor
Jul 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 27, 2015 Natalie Wynn
Jul 25, 2015 (Name not displayed) Stop the violence against women.
Jul 24, 2015 PATRICIA WELCH There is nothing honorable about torture and murder. I stand with my Sisters everywhere.
Jul 24, 2015 Alicja Bożek
Jul 23, 2015 Santan Fernandes Murder in any form is deplorable & cannot be justified. It's simply plucking life out of a human. There's no Honor in it at all. Just dishonor after the killing...
Jul 22, 2015 DOUG SNYDER
Jul 22, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 21, 2015 Sharyn Wax All life is precious. No woman (or man) should be killed for living their life the way they want to live it!
Jul 21, 2015 Jeff Whitmill
Jul 21, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 20, 2015 Elona Ertner
Jul 19, 2015 Maria Lesiewicz
Jul 19, 2015 Cecily Pegues
Jul 18, 2015 Connie Newcombe
Jul 18, 2015 Wendy Blake
Jul 17, 2015 Jennifer Conway
Jul 16, 2015 Laurie Fisher
Jul 16, 2015 Gunnar Lien
Jul 16, 2015 L F
Jul 16, 2015 MICHAEL MIRACLE
Jul 15, 2015 Kathryn Irby
Jul 14, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 14, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 12, 2015 lesley kahler
Jul 10, 2015 Jan Moore
Jul 9, 2015 Debbie mason
Jul 8, 2015 (Name not displayed) Can not believe that these barbaric actions are occurring in 2015 and nobody is doing anything to end. These families should be held accountable for their "honor" killings.
Jul 7, 2015 Katherine Myskowski
Jul 7, 2015 Pola Alemao
Jul 7, 2015 Kimberly Gould I cannot believe that these barbaric actions still take place in the world today towards women. No person should be treated in such horrid and discussing ways.
Jul 6, 2015 Carissa Harper
Jul 6, 2015 john crouch
Jul 6, 2015 Robin Dosanjh
Jul 5, 2015 TINA FAUSETT
Jul 5, 2015 Chris Sterry

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