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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


Dec 6, 2016 GIA EHRHARDT
Dec 6, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Dec 5, 2016 Roman Marek
Dec 5, 2016 Agnieszka Marek
Dec 5, 2016 Szymon Marek
Dec 1, 2016 maria antoniou
Nov 28, 2016 Andrea Loprete
Nov 27, 2016 Rose Jones
Nov 26, 2016 Elizabeth Ledger
Nov 26, 2016 Tracy Hayek Women's rights are Human rights.
Nov 26, 2016 Howard BLOCK
Nov 26, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Nov 26, 2016 RC Ramirez
Nov 25, 2016 Christine OBrien
Nov 25, 2016 Dana Jorgenson
Nov 25, 2016 Shirley Peek
Nov 25, 2016 Sabina Fernandez
Nov 25, 2016 Katherine Burch I understand the respect of other cultures, but when it causes pain and suffering to others it is cruel.
Nov 25, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Nov 25, 2016 Vickie Dudas
Nov 25, 2016 (Name not displayed) It's murder
Nov 24, 2016 Sissel Frettim
Nov 19, 2016 Laurie Casey
Nov 17, 2016 Leslie Pfost
Nov 15, 2016 Marsha Croner
Nov 15, 2016 libby berman
Nov 15, 2016 cindy frede
Nov 13, 2016 John Cenc
Nov 9, 2016 Glennda Campbell
Nov 9, 2016 Shirley Lynn Kunze
Nov 8, 2016 Erin Cromer
Nov 5, 2016 Sally Friedman
Nov 4, 2016 Chris Leverich
Nov 2, 2016 Gen Agustsson violence can ruin your honor!
Oct 31, 2016 Denise Bailey
Oct 31, 2016 marilyn karwoski
Oct 28, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Oct 28, 2016 Lydia McKee
Oct 28, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Oct 27, 2016 Ezra Mable
Oct 27, 2016 joanne giron No to honor killing
Oct 27, 2016 B Budd
Oct 27, 2016 Amy Jo
Oct 27, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Oct 25, 2016 František Hajdúk
Oct 23, 2016 miriam sarzynska
Oct 21, 2016 Cinzia Moore
Oct 20, 2016 Clifton McMillan Jr
Oct 19, 2016 OSVALDO TOMAS
Oct 19, 2016 Cheryl Hay

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