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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

Sep 23, 2017 Tine Hertmans
Sep 17, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 16, 2017 Francis Robertson
Sep 15, 2017 Alexandra Smith
Sep 15, 2017 kim Campbell It is unacceptable for ANYONE to get away with these brutal acts. This is homicide, pure and simple and these people must be held accountable.
Sep 15, 2017 Steve Conrad
Sep 14, 2017 Kathryn McLean
Sep 14, 2017 Evelyn Leal
Sep 14, 2017 Teri Downs
Sep 13, 2017 Erica Romanowski
Sep 6, 2017 Angie Merkel
Sep 3, 2017 Ilse Spiegel
Sep 2, 2017 David and Audrey Funk
Aug 29, 2017 Avelina Pereira
Aug 29, 2017 Sarah Thao
Aug 29, 2017 Christine Brooks
Aug 27, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 25, 2017 Kim Hanke
Aug 23, 2017 tammy bullock
Aug 23, 2017 Diane M McCoy
Aug 22, 2017 Douglas Broeren
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

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