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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


May 26, 2016 Ayse Cakirsoy Aslan
May 26, 2016 Dat Tran
May 25, 2016 Dawn Mck
May 24, 2016 Theresa Tzitzira How about putting the MEN in the same horrifying situation? Would they understand the hell they put their women through, then?
May 24, 2016 Алексей Жезлов
May 23, 2016 Amanda Dickinson
May 23, 2016 Angela Fullmer
May 22, 2016 Katerina Voutinopoulou
May 22, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2016 Julie Farmer No more treating women like property
May 22, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2016 Maria Neuhold
May 22, 2016 Donald Wisch
May 22, 2016 Nell Donnelly
May 22, 2016 Laurent Dapoigny To the killers : be human !
May 22, 2016 Paula Lunn
May 22, 2016 Anders Westlund
May 22, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 21, 2016 Katie Jefferson
May 21, 2016 Sandra Sanchez There's no honor in honor killings!!! It must be stopped!!!
May 21, 2016 Elizabeth Cross
May 21, 2016 Shannon Monahan How great would our world be if all of of loved each other unconditionally? I can't believe that someone can take another persons life and not be held accountable for that. Honor killings should be a crime and people should be charged as such.
May 21, 2016 Narayama Lourenço lima
May 21, 2016 Beth Davisson
May 21, 2016 Marsha West
May 21, 2016 Rhonda Obrien
May 21, 2016 Theresa Manenkoff
May 20, 2016 Linda Higley There is nothing honorable about honor killings - only ignorance, evil and brutality. The Gods whether Hindu or Muslim would not be pleased.
May 20, 2016 Esther Clayson
May 19, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 19, 2016 Audrey GEOFFROY
May 18, 2016 Marilyn Yeutsy
May 18, 2016 Tracey Smith
May 18, 2016 karen Hurst
May 17, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 16, 2016 Valerie Kerry ITS MURDER TO INNOCENT PEOPLE
May 16, 2016 (Name not displayed) how do you stop insanity?
May 15, 2016 Rose May
May 15, 2016 Denise Cronin
May 15, 2016 James Flikkema Ah yes, Islam - The religion of Peace. Right.
May 15, 2016 Leslie Johnson
May 11, 2016 shoko yokoyama
May 10, 2016 John MacPhail
May 9, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 7, 2016 GABRIELE LIBBEY Live and let live
May 6, 2016 jane gilmore
May 6, 2016 Susan Brittain
May 6, 2016 Susan Brittain
May 6, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 6, 2016 jOE Field

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