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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

Feb 26, 2015 Dale Benest
Feb 24, 2015 Adela Brent Women's rights are human rights and they must be respected by individuals and States. We need urgent action that goes beyond words and papers.
Feb 24, 2015 Lynn Webber
Feb 23, 2015 Rachael Marshall
Feb 23, 2015 Lorryn Young
Feb 22, 2015 joan silaco
Feb 21, 2015 Crystal Kimmel
Feb 20, 2015 Marty Mathieson
Feb 20, 2015 Carla Pratas
Feb 19, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 19, 2015 Gerry Moran
Feb 19, 2015 Jacqueline Fitch
Feb 18, 2015 Aleena Mathew
Feb 17, 2015 Camille Jones
Feb 15, 2015 Judith Embry
Feb 14, 2015 Anna Wing
Feb 14, 2015 Peter Scott
Feb 14, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 12, 2015 Shawnee Dawn Horn
Feb 12, 2015 Maria Zambrano
Feb 11, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 11, 2015 Priscilla Gallou
Feb 11, 2015 barbara charland
Feb 11, 2015 rita uljee it is very shamefull that such barbaric behaviour still goes on even in our civilised countries in the west.
Feb 11, 2015 MRS, GEIDEL
Feb 11, 2015 Robert Terrell Enough of this!
Feb 11, 2015 Tina Balestier
Feb 11, 2015 Brian & Judy Poole
Feb 11, 2015 Debbra Ream Please stop the so called honor killings....there is NO HONOR in MURDER!
Feb 11, 2015 sylvia walker
Feb 11, 2015 Barbara Vieira
Feb 11, 2015 Marco Baracca
Feb 11, 2015 Tony Cochrane
Feb 10, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 10, 2015 Sylvie Bermannova
Feb 10, 2015 Janice Banks
Feb 10, 2015 sandra Nguyen
Feb 10, 2015 Kathryn Mitchell
Feb 10, 2015 Nancy W
Feb 10, 2015 Laurel Covington
Feb 10, 2015 Gloria Hafner
Feb 10, 2015 Suneet Srivastava
Feb 10, 2015 Ben Brod
Feb 10, 2015 Carmen Roel
Feb 10, 2015 Linda McEachron-Taylor
Feb 10, 2015 Glenville J Owen
Feb 10, 2015 Betsy Farmer
Feb 10, 2015 Elaine Heathcoat
Feb 10, 2015 Susan Armistead, M.D.

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