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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 27, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Aug 25, 2016 Avelina Tomova
Aug 24, 2016 Anissa Crim
Aug 23, 2016 Diane Wildes
Aug 22, 2016 Vona F Quinlan
Aug 22, 2016 Susan Lindsey
Aug 19, 2016 Mayara Andressa
Aug 19, 2016 (Name not displayed) Horrible, disgusting practice.
Aug 15, 2016 lindsay harrison
Aug 9, 2016 Lisa Groenewold
Aug 8, 2016 JOY BRYANT
Aug 6, 2016 Terri Miranda
Aug 5, 2016 Alice Fewings
Aug 2, 2016 BING-SYUAN JHONG No more honor killing
Aug 2, 2016 Chloe cottingham
Aug 2, 2016 David Willett
Aug 2, 2016 Shazia Hussain
Aug 1, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Aug 1, 2016 Marianne Moldt
Aug 1, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Aug 1, 2016 Michelle Geaney
Aug 1, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Aug 1, 2016 Deborah Floyd
Aug 1, 2016 (Name not displayed) What honor is there in murdering your own daughter/ sister/niece? This barbaric killing must stop.
Jul 31, 2016 Cindy Maloof
Jul 31, 2016 Pamela Dougherty
Jul 31, 2016 valery wolf
Jul 31, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 31, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 31, 2016 (Name not displayed) A women life. Change is coming but they need help.
Jul 31, 2016 Diane Tavares
Jul 29, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 29, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 29, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 28, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 27, 2016 dawn lafferty
Jul 27, 2016 casey muhs
Jul 27, 2016 Pedro Felipe GARDEAZABAL
Jul 24, 2016 Michael Stranz
Jul 21, 2016 Kimberly Frimel
Jul 21, 2016 Paul Hagan
Jul 21, 2016 Rhonda Spencer
Jul 20, 2016 Nick Heger
Jul 20, 2016 Isabela Calin
Jul 19, 2016 Helen Chan
Jul 19, 2016 Elizabeth Aguirre
Jul 19, 2016 Sarisha Maharaj
Jul 19, 2016 Catherine Belanger
Jul 19, 2016 Denise Vanvooren
Jul 19, 2016 (Name not displayed)

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