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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

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
Oct 18, 2016 Sarah Heritage
Oct 17, 2016 Dana Azzoug
Oct 17, 2016 Martina Rimbaldo
Oct 16, 2016 Anthony Hostetter
Oct 16, 2016 Patricia Nye
Oct 12, 2016 Roxanne Pranger
Oct 12, 2016 Alicia .L. Denofrio
Oct 11, 2016 (Name not displayed) SICKENING
Oct 11, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Oct 10, 2016 Diana Grigore
Oct 10, 2016 Lisa Evans
Oct 9, 2016 George Paras
Oct 9, 2016 Serina Mergulhao
Oct 9, 2016 vicki p
Oct 9, 2016 Darrah McInnes
Oct 9, 2016 Matananda Ben Shmuel
Oct 9, 2016 Cindy Wiese honor killing is just another term for murder and these murderers unacceptable behavior must be stopped.
Oct 4, 2016 vanessa palmer
Oct 4, 2016 James Stewart
Oct 3, 2016 Chrissy Smutny
Oct 3, 2016 Neilu Golshanara
Oct 2, 2016 Susan Ellis
Sep 30, 2016 Mary Fierle
Sep 29, 2016 Keith D'Alessandro
Sep 29, 2016 Kat Karnes
Sep 29, 2016 Claire Kennedy
Sep 29, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 28, 2016 Dee Ann Neely
Sep 27, 2016 Marian Kortsen When men all over the world learn to love and respect women, what a happier world this will be. To the girl who said that the listed countries are Islamic. Do you not know about the women and children in this country beaten or killed by their spouses?
Sep 26, 2016 Carmen Hackson Disgusting men and individuals, they are all just insane to believe they are acting correctly. Against their own children sisters and wives it disgusts me and this world
Sep 26, 2016 Michelle Grant I am a Muslim and I know that this horrible act is cultural, NOT Islamic
Sep 26, 2016 Charlotte Humphries
Sep 26, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 25, 2016 Karla Gutierrez
Sep 25, 2016 Briana Delaney Note that the listed countries are ISLAMIC. Not saying they are the only ones...just the worst and most-frequent offenders! Islam IS a large part of the problem, whether or not you want to believe it! This petition does not mention this factor...
Sep 25, 2016 john hathaway
Sep 25, 2016 Nick Porter
Sep 22, 2016 Charmaine MacDonald
Sep 21, 2016 Mary Harris
Sep 20, 2016 Steve Howard Thank you.
Sep 19, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 19, 2016 Susan Gregoric
Sep 17, 2016 sarah makins
Sep 17, 2016 Jonathan Leffler

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