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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

Aug 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 16, 2017 Paola Moretti
Aug 15, 2017 Karen McHugh
Aug 14, 2017 Vicki T
Aug 14, 2017 John Horn
Aug 13, 2017 Rilla Heslin
Aug 11, 2017 Vince Sanchez
Aug 10, 2017 J Christian Gagnon Pour l'amour, svp, cessez ces gestes de mauvaise (misguided) pudeur!
Aug 9, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 4, 2017 Marianne Christensen
Aug 4, 2017 Agneta Gulz
Aug 4, 2017 Keely Gililland That poor child suffered at her own mother's hands. Please help prevent this from happening again.
Aug 1, 2017 Rhonda Bates
Aug 1, 2017 Lynette Schultz
Jul 27, 2017 Angela Hembroff
Jul 23, 2017 April Kinsella
Jul 21, 2017 Rui Alves
Jul 19, 2017 Sue Jackson
Jul 19, 2017 Betty Finley
Jul 13, 2017 cate Abicht I'm tired of women being treated like garbage. Men will pay for this inhumane treatment of women.
Jul 13, 2017 Amanda Treffert
Jul 12, 2017 Josef Dušek
Jul 5, 2017 Patrick Slater
Jul 5, 2017 Stephanie Feyne
Jul 3, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 30, 2017 AnaMaria Toberman
Jun 29, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 29, 2017 Chris Sante
Jun 28, 2017 jeanine vaerewyck Please, please. please, do your utmost to stop this horrible practice
Jun 23, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 23, 2017 Karl Hoermann Don't YOU think it is high time to STOP this BARBARIC , NONSENSICAL Practice ONCE and FOR ALL ???
Jun 16, 2017 Renay Partin All life is sacred.
Jun 12, 2017 Léa Le Brizaut
Jun 9, 2017 Marcia Taylor
Jun 9, 2017 Beth Smith
Jun 8, 2017 (Name not displayed) Please stop this unacceptable evil practice.
Jun 7, 2017 Suzi Jackson
Jun 3, 2017 kalyana krishna
Jun 2, 2017 Susana Osorno
Jun 2, 2017 Denise Garner
Jun 1, 2017 Harrison Parker this is madness, stop the killing
May 30, 2017 Laura Sturdevant When my sister hurts, I hurt. Please continue the fight for decent treatment of all women.
May 30, 2017 Ursula Kiefert
May 27, 2017 (Name not displayed) Save the Mother
May 26, 2017 (Name not displayed) I hate killing
May 24, 2017 Jay Burt These barbaric actions have to end, the people there need to be educated and change needs to happen.
May 24, 2017 Jessica Theetge barbaric actions. I can't believe that these things still happen
May 21, 2017 Andrea Harrison
May 20, 2017 Shirley Troia
May 19, 2017 Patricia Parren

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