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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


Feb 8, 2016 Nancy Rosman
Feb 8, 2016 Jacqueline Ann Watkins Until such people are punished in an equally harsh manner this wont stop.
Feb 6, 2016 Karen Ingerman Please stop this horrible treatment of women. It is barbaric and absolutely awful, and immoral, also.
Feb 5, 2016 MICHELLE LORD ABHORID!! Truly disturbing and stomach churning. This is as disgusting as animal torture. It needs action TODAY!!!!
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Jan 31, 2016 ana trillo
Jan 30, 2016 Alexis Azcárate
Jan 30, 2016 giuliana donadio
Jan 29, 2016 Joan Hoeborn
Jan 29, 2016 James Murphy
Jan 29, 2016 Megan Harmon-Valenstein
Jan 29, 2016 Franca Faustini
Jan 29, 2016 Jennifer Reiner
Jan 29, 2016 Virginia Ilardi
Jan 28, 2016 Karen Van Tuyle
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Jan 25, 2016 Cecile Lemay
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Jan 23, 2016 Wayne Evans
Jan 22, 2016 Elizabeth Dusza
Jan 22, 2016 Joan Cuplin This is Beyond Unconsciable!!!!!!!! There is no such thing as "honor killings"; Innocent people are Suffering & this Needs to be Stopped ASAP!!!!!!!!
Jan 22, 2016 johanna Anthi
Jan 21, 2016 Marilyn Martin
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Jan 18, 2016 Linda Balcom
Jan 18, 2016 Michele Livesay
Jan 18, 2016 Helen Evans
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