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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 28, 2015 Jennifer Messick
May 28, 2015 Mandy DeVine
May 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 28, 2015 Monique Lowther
May 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 28, 2015 Deanna Filippinetti
May 28, 2015 abby kane
May 28, 2015 LUCUTA CONSTANTIN
May 28, 2015 Patrizia Spadaro
May 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 28, 2015 Dragana Dominovic
May 28, 2015 anne jacques
May 28, 2015 patricia dierickx
May 28, 2015 MICHI VOJTA Just because one is male doesn't give him the right to kill someone "for honor" just because she is female.
May 28, 2015 Miriam Rehbein
May 28, 2015 Agnes Csoka
May 28, 2015 Carol Maindonald
May 28, 2015 Zixuan He
May 28, 2015 Monique Parisius
May 28, 2015 Dave Garcin
May 28, 2015 Gianfranco Frelli
May 27, 2015 Jeff John Sad that someone could do these things to their own family. I think even Allah would want us to move beyond this at this point and work towards forgiveness, love, and healing.
May 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 24, 2015 (Name not displayed) This needs to stop now !
May 23, 2015 Robert Becker
May 22, 2015 renata rusca
May 22, 2015 Terri Fleming
May 20, 2015 Deidre Schmidt-Brady Women deserve to be honored, not dishonored. Women who are raped are condemned, but the men who raped her are not. Ridiculous "use" of a person with a soul. Stop honor killing...it is the most dishonorable way to maintainyour supposed "honor".
May 20, 2015 Cindy Paor There is no honour in killing!
May 19, 2015 Deb Adair
May 19, 2015 Catherine Critz
May 19, 2015 KEY KLAUS
May 19, 2015 Sharon Kirk
May 18, 2015 Tanya Barker Coming from such a wonderful family, its hard to believe these girl's own families (including their mothers!) could be so disgustingly abhorent. This has to stop! The only way for evil to succeed is for good people to do nothing!
May 17, 2015 Ann Erbacher Grey
May 17, 2015 Boris Blagojevic And also kiiling is one of the worst and unforgivable deadly sins.There is one God's Commadment and it's says"Don't Kill".Never forget about 10 God's Commadments".And God oesn't aprove killing no matter what's the reasoon for.Killing is unforgivable sin.
May 17, 2015 Boris Blagojevic Honnor killings are unforgivable.And must not never been forgiven for some people when you forgive them it's the worst punishment than death.
May 17, 2015 Nanci Lucey It MUSt be stopped by any means as it's outrageous, inhumane and totally unacceptable. Why do so many of these countries want to keep living in the 3rd Century where women are concerned? Very sickening!
May 16, 2015 Anita Olsen
May 16, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 15, 2015 Prashan Wijesundere Honor killings are an act of terror and must end.
May 14, 2015 Catherine Robilliard Seems to me, their biggest crime is to be born female in a patriarchal society.
May 14, 2015 Liége Motta
May 14, 2015 Lynda Flood
May 14, 2015 Mary Landrum Murder is murder, killing a family member is worse, that isn't honor it's murder of your own child.
May 13, 2015 Lynda Kerr
May 13, 2015 Oksana Kovaleva
May 13, 2015 Bonnie Macker What an archaic and backwardly senseless practice. Murder is murder no matter what the reason.
May 13, 2015 Patricia Stratton
May 12, 2015 Russell Kintz Deplorable actions won't restore honor.

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