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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

Feb 17, 2018 Kathy & Strack These killings allow the spread of NO intelligence; no morals; no ethics. Intelligent people TALK out their problems or issues--NOT by killing women who only want to live justly and intelligently. Promote positive actions!
Feb 17, 2018 Rosemary Rannes
Feb 16, 2018 Lora Wilson
Feb 13, 2018 Bonnie Steiger
Feb 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 10, 2018 Barbara Murray
Feb 10, 2018 Jennifer Rhoads
Feb 7, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 7, 2018 J. McBride
Feb 6, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 6, 2018 (Name not displayed) Stop all bad karma and sins
Feb 3, 2018 Dawn Williams
Feb 3, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 3, 2018 Marcia Robertson
Feb 2, 2018 Angela Terry
Feb 2, 2018 wynta dangerfield
Jan 30, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 29, 2018 Kim Patterson
Jan 29, 2018 (Name not displayed) To continue protecting human rights,go here.
Jan 28, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 27, 2018 Kate Pruden
Jan 26, 2018 christine thomas
Jan 23, 2018 Shabnam Shafiq
Jan 22, 2018 Reid Larimore
Jan 22, 2018 MarionM Weston
Jan 21, 2018 David Micu Im 13 years old. I like to help. I feel human.
Jan 19, 2018 Kim Taylor
Jan 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 18, 2018 Danielle Evans
Jan 18, 2018 Beveryn Swaim
Jan 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 15, 2018 Elizabeth Wolff
Jan 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 12, 2018 Lucy Kelly
Jan 10, 2018 s w
Jan 9, 2018 Paola DeCastro
Jan 8, 2018 Cecilia Lucas
Jan 5, 2018 stephanie Spiers
Jan 5, 2018 Jennifer Fastwolf
Jan 5, 2018 Ron and Patsy Graham When I was in Egypt, our guide told us that if she wasn't a virgin when she married, she could be killed. I said "Still?!!!!) She said yes. I said "By your religious leaders?" She said yes.
Jan 4, 2018 GENE NATALE
Jan 3, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Dec 28, 2017 Beverly Brzycki
Dec 26, 2017 doris gonen
Dec 23, 2017 Corinne Svalmark Tragic stop this ! This is not honorable!!
Dec 23, 2017 Geraldo Azevedo
Dec 23, 2017 Wagner Pessoa
Dec 23, 2017 Berenice Guedes de Sá
Dec 23, 2017 Raquel Nakaza

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