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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

Jan 23, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 21, 2017 Debra Davidson
Jan 21, 2017 julian zrnic
Jan 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 20, 2017 Nancy Helgeson
Jan 19, 2017 Claudia Wright
Jan 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 18, 2017 Dalma Bugg
Jan 18, 2017 Melissa Newman
Jan 17, 2017 Pamela Sanseri
Jan 17, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 17, 2017 Christina Vawser
Jan 17, 2017 Marie Perry
Jan 15, 2017 Igor Balint
Jan 15, 2017 Rogi Rogic
Jan 14, 2017 Alison Le Flem
Jan 14, 2017 Brian Le Flem
Jan 10, 2017 Kari Dyrdahl
Jan 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 9, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 8, 2017 Donna Parker
Jan 8, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 7, 2017 Joyce Haskins
Jan 7, 2017 Elisabeth Jimmink
Jan 7, 2017 Manuel Davila Rodriguez
Jan 7, 2017 Debra Herst
Jan 7, 2017 Tracy Birrell Cruel and unnecessary.
Jan 6, 2017 Miriam Amari
Jan 6, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 6, 2017 Lea Faulks
Jan 6, 2017 Beverly Leath
Jan 6, 2017 Lora Hamman These sub-human psychopaths must be stopped. This culture has no conscience or they wouldn't be torturing their own family members.
Jan 6, 2017 Deena Scintilla
Jan 5, 2017 Henriette Matthijssen
Jan 4, 2017 Darlene Crawford
Jan 4, 2017 Marilyn Hughes
Jan 4, 2017 Sherry Mattocks
Jan 4, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 3, 2017 Lynne Wain
Jan 3, 2017 Nathalie Gilles
Jan 3, 2017 Derryn Hahn Stop the killings, maimings and general patriarchal bulkshit! Thank you
Jan 2, 2017 Diane Tautges
Jan 2, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 2, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 2, 2017 Cathy Maracle Men who commit these murders are nothing more than scared and pathetic hateful creatures who must assert power in any way they can to feel "manly". Disgusting.
Jan 2, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 2, 2017 Diana Noel-Labieniec
Jan 2, 2017 Patricia Vazquez

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