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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 the latest 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 (The Honorable Navanethem Pillay) to continue advocacy to end to the barbaric practice of honor killings.

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Dear Commissioner Pillay:

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 thank you for opening an international dialogue around this issue and 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 27, 2015 Wilhelmina Edelston
Nov 26, 2015 Yeshyah Finkelstein
Nov 24, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Nov 24, 2015 christine burgess
Nov 24, 2015 christina bergström
Nov 24, 2015 Adelina Jaudal
Nov 24, 2015 Michael Clark This practice is barbaric and has no place in modern society.
Nov 23, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Nov 23, 2015 Venita Hodgkin
Nov 22, 2015 Jim Sheridan
Nov 21, 2015 Dan Farley Wtf is wrong with people, I say kill the fuckers who do this too there own Kids, but slowly. This is just sickening & pisses me off just reading about it. There needs too be more justice in the world. Rest In Peace poor people.
Nov 21, 2015 Adriana Bidarra
Nov 21, 2015 Greta Hunter
Nov 21, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Nov 20, 2015 Kim Zwicker
Nov 20, 2015 Pat Thompson
Nov 20, 2015 joan aquilina
Nov 19, 2015 Katherine Ohanian
Nov 18, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Nov 17, 2015 bernice silverman
Nov 17, 2015 sue keller
Nov 17, 2015 Andrelene Babbitt
Nov 17, 2015 Donna Enders
Nov 17, 2015 Elma Pjanic
Nov 17, 2015 karime despecci
Nov 17, 2015 jon humphrey
Nov 16, 2015 Carolyn Matini
Nov 16, 2015 Kelly Gegg
Nov 15, 2015 Marie Hemphill
Nov 12, 2015 Patricia Milthorpe killing is against the cannon of ANY religion
Nov 11, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Nov 10, 2015 Irene Parrish
Nov 10, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Nov 10, 2015 patricia cooper
Nov 8, 2015 Sandra Jesionek
Nov 7, 2015 Robina Ingram-Rich
Nov 5, 2015 Darylla Flores what kind of culture teaches this? How shameful for those committing the crimes they should receive the same punishment.
Nov 3, 2015 jeanine flaton
Nov 3, 2015 Emily Berlin
Nov 2, 2015 Marco palomba
Nov 2, 2015 Chris Batty
Nov 1, 2015 Ana Mendes
Oct 31, 2015 Susan Zuckerman
Oct 30, 2015 Laura Saillen
Oct 30, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 28, 2015 Melissa Marx
Oct 27, 2015 Virginia Cassidy
Oct 27, 2015 Suzette Henderson Those who kill others for "honor" have no "honor."
Oct 25, 2015 Michael Sankey I think more people need to be made aware that these barbaric acts are taking place in our world today.
Oct 25, 2015 Pamela Sutton

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