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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 just one 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 (Prince Zeid bin Ra'ad) to continue advocacy to end to the barbaric practice of honor killings.

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Dear Prince Zeid bin Ra'ad, High Commissioner for Human Rights:

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 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 16, 2018 Lisa Delabre
Jul 15, 2018 Bernie Doherty
Jul 13, 2018 Chantal Vagnat
Jul 9, 2018 Judith Lotz
Jul 7, 2018 Charlotte Woodard Are you kidding where is the honor in this twisted and violent act of killing a family member?! I can't imagine the level of fear these women must live with so sad and must come to an end!!~
Jul 7, 2018 Ryan Mckenzie
Jul 6, 2018 Joanne Hart
Jul 3, 2018 Karen Wineinger It is more of a dishonor to murder your women and children. Shame.
Jul 2, 2018 Judith Emerson
Jul 2, 2018 Samantha Heatherly
Jul 1, 2018 Rick Hodorowich
Jul 1, 2018 Jean Wallisch women are not objects you own. Whatever your religious beliefs are they should not include torture or murder as being justified. Time to re-think these ideas
Jun 30, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 28, 2018 Filipe Hypolito
Jun 28, 2018 Theresa DeLuca
Jun 27, 2018 ANGELIQUE MCCLEAN
Jun 24, 2018 Hunter Winn
Jun 24, 2018 Madalina Viziteu
Jun 19, 2018 Lynn Brown
Jun 18, 2018 Shelby Fry
Jun 15, 2018 Marcy Lauer
Jun 13, 2018 Richard Bosboom
Jun 13, 2018 Susan Vandenassem Enough already. Whether it is acknowledged or not, women are equal to men. This honour killing thing is totally primitive and immoral. Females deserve better.
Jun 13, 2018 Marge Schwartz
Jun 13, 2018 Andrea Bertram
Jun 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 11, 2018 (Name not displayed) Put an end once and for all to women being murdered in the name of so called honor killing. There is No Honor in cruelty and violence .
Jun 10, 2018 Eliza Johnson
Jun 9, 2018 Yvonne Fourgous
Jun 7, 2018 Stacey Lightfoot
Jun 6, 2018 Mary Templeman
Jun 5, 2018 Christiane MASSONNEAU
Jun 5, 2018 Samantha Wilson
Jun 4, 2018 Joan Kelly
Jun 2, 2018 David Yaffi
Jun 2, 2018 Leora Yaffi
Jun 1, 2018 Kelly Martins
May 31, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 31, 2018 Nina Stenitzer
May 29, 2018 Haroldo Widmann
May 24, 2018 Sylvie Lavallée
May 17, 2018 Danuta Baziuk
May 16, 2018 Jade Kiran
May 16, 2018 Louisa Gauerke
May 11, 2018 Angel Woytovich
May 11, 2018 Peter Houle
May 10, 2018 Liz Menges
May 10, 2018 Cassandra Santiago
May 6, 2018 Brian Kelly
May 5, 2018 Wendy Dalton

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