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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

Oct 9, 2015 Bettina Pedersen
Oct 9, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 9, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 9, 2015 Gary Rollins
Oct 9, 2015 Eva Sandhammar
Oct 9, 2015 Lynda Eggleston
Oct 9, 2015 Roxanne Hewitt
Oct 9, 2015 Paul Morse
Oct 9, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 9, 2015 Monica Augustin As long as these countries continue to abide by Tribal Law's there will be no changes. Unfortunate, but it has been this way for thousands of years. Tribes fight tribes and meter out their own punishment for just silly offensives.
Oct 9, 2015 Susan Spranger
Oct 9, 2015 Janice La Porte
Oct 9, 2015 JANINE NAVARRO Most humans treat their animals better! What is wrong with these people? Who exactly said this was the way to treat your loved ones? Their God? I don't want to know their so-called God. An eye for an eye? Then, the same should be done to them!!
Oct 9, 2015 Nancy King
Oct 9, 2015 Maria Simao
Oct 9, 2015 Dayle Brown
Oct 9, 2015 Sandy Bagley Families see this as honor? Thank God I do not live in one of these countries and I pray that families will see their mistaken view of their daughters! They should be loved and blessed....not killed and maimed for life. We are to be valued in all ways.
Oct 9, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 9, 2015 Gilligan Joy Women deserve as much freedom as men do! Men and woman are equal before God!
Oct 9, 2015 Dmitra Tardy
Oct 9, 2015 Sylvia Santiago
Oct 9, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 9, 2015 Lin Campbell These horrific actions against girls and women need to stop. Please create accountability and prosecute those responsible.
Oct 9, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 9, 2015 Rhonda Attig
Oct 9, 2015 Diane Shaudys
Oct 9, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 9, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 9, 2015 elena tafel
Oct 9, 2015 Mary Esther Fritz
Oct 9, 2015 nghia lam
Oct 9, 2015 Barbara Frances
Oct 9, 2015 Ann Moczydlowski
Oct 9, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 9, 2015 sonya roten
Oct 9, 2015 Nancy Bickford-Jordan
Oct 9, 2015 (Name not displayed) Barbaric practices need to be banned. Women have every bit as human right to express and defend themselves as men do.
Oct 9, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 9, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 9, 2015 Bernie Hill
Oct 9, 2015 Alexandra Rodda This is a terrible blight and dishonor on the whole human race that we have human monsters among us who would do that to their own daughters, sisters or nieces. Please use all your powers of advocacy to stop this practice.
Oct 9, 2015 Esther Anderson
Oct 9, 2015 Shirley Duncan
Oct 9, 2015 Lesia Mills It is time to boycott and put sanctions on countries for these acts. Lip service by these countries that they are working on stopping this is not acceptable.
Oct 9, 2015 Paul Zaroba
Oct 9, 2015 David Popham
Oct 9, 2015 mary jackson this is just not acceptable by any civilized persons. PLEASE STOP.
Oct 9, 2015 kenny hogg
Oct 9, 2015 Patricia Woodcroft-Lee Disgusting. why does it still go on.
Oct 9, 2015 Peter Scott

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