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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


Nov 23, 2017 Terri Lynch
Nov 23, 2017 Nancy Parks-Smith
Nov 21, 2017 Alysa Waring
Nov 21, 2017 Stacey Govito
Nov 14, 2017 kaye abramson
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Nov 13, 2017 Sandra Cobb
Nov 13, 2017 barbara eichelsbacher
Nov 8, 2017 Beah Robinson
Nov 8, 2017 Serenella Castri
Nov 8, 2017 Barbara Hrybinczak
Nov 3, 2017 Maximillian dErembourg If someone tries to kill you...you kill 'em right back. -Malcolm Reynolds
Nov 3, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 1, 2017 penni Herrick
Oct 29, 2017 susan munro
Oct 29, 2017 Pauline Bouvier-Davis
Oct 25, 2017 Kimberly Wallace
Oct 25, 2017 Robert Ortiz
Oct 24, 2017 Ian Whitelaw
Oct 24, 2017 Emma Le
Oct 24, 2017 Sara Garcia
Oct 24, 2017 Misti Lee
Oct 24, 2017 Hilda Gutierrez
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Oct 22, 2017 Alexandre Pereira
Oct 20, 2017 LOUISE MOORE
Oct 20, 2017 Tammy Swoboda
Oct 18, 2017 r vanstien
Oct 18, 2017 Brian Moore
Oct 18, 2017 Susan Hinckley-Porter
Oct 18, 2017 Chris Harrison
Oct 18, 2017 JoAnn Evans
Oct 13, 2017 Birgit Ditto
Oct 13, 2017 Eleonora De Giorgio
Oct 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 12, 2017 lorelei wood Please. Times have changed. Please do a good thing. GOD FORGIVES ALL OF US.
Oct 12, 2017 Julie Brickell
Oct 11, 2017 Liz Pope
Oct 7, 2017 Mazhar Khan
Oct 7, 2017 Marco Pieri
Oct 5, 2017 Anna Krohn
Oct 5, 2017 Melissa Bird
Oct 5, 2017 Karrie Vukelic
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Sep 29, 2017 Dorothy Savage
Sep 27, 2017 Jodi Ford
Sep 27, 2017 Naomi Sobo
Sep 23, 2017 Tine Hertmans
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Sep 16, 2017 Francis Robertson

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