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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


Apr 21, 2017 Virgil Pauls
Apr 20, 2017 michele rule
Apr 20, 2017 Cindy Miller
Apr 18, 2017 Chika Makise
Apr 18, 2017 Henry Mongrain
Apr 18, 2017 Linda Weaver
Apr 17, 2017 Una Setia
Apr 17, 2017 giuseppina bertani
Apr 17, 2017 John Langham
Apr 17, 2017 Linda Ray
Apr 16, 2017 Samantha Barry
Apr 16, 2017 Judy Nelson
Apr 15, 2017 Barbara Noble
Apr 15, 2017 Sandra Holbrook
Apr 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 14, 2017 Teresa Foster
Apr 13, 2017 Richard Laba
Apr 13, 2017 Barbara James
Apr 13, 2017 Kathy Steele
Apr 12, 2017 JoAnne David
Apr 12, 2017 Madeline Lee
Apr 12, 2017 G K
Apr 12, 2017 Muriel Servaege
Apr 12, 2017 Elaine Raff
Apr 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 10, 2017 Andrey Yushchenko I am against "Honor Killings".
Apr 7, 2017 jackie lewthwaite
Apr 6, 2017 Glenda Foreman
Apr 6, 2017 Sherrill Cox
Apr 5, 2017 Tracy Schalk
Apr 5, 2017 Emily Ettinger
Apr 4, 2017 Melanie Huisman NO HONOR KILLINGS!
Apr 4, 2017 Darren Mitton
Apr 3, 2017 Barb Breese
Apr 2, 2017 Dawn Handelsman
Apr 1, 2017 (Name not displayed) This practice is abhorrent and should be discontinued immediately!!! No woman should be allowed to be abused in this manner, which is not only physical but mental & emotional abuse! This is the 21st Century....it's time to respect human life!!!
Mar 30, 2017 Karen Presson
Mar 30, 2017 Marion Nesbitt Honour killings and female genital mutilation must cease. These are horrific crimes against women.
Mar 30, 2017 GERI GASIOROWSKI Women are not possessions. I am appalled that this behavior is tolerated in 2017 or ever for that matter!
Mar 30, 2017 Helene Goytia
Mar 30, 2017 Amy Agzarian men cannot control women anywhere on this planet
Mar 30, 2017 NINA CHENG agree
Mar 29, 2017 Julie White
Mar 27, 2017 Carlos Santana
Mar 26, 2017 E K Cobb
Mar 25, 2017 Dee Martin
Mar 25, 2017 resi hennebert
Mar 25, 2017 Josianne Rigoli
Mar 24, 2017 Tim Young
Mar 24, 2017 Benazir Heredia

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