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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


May 5, 2016 Maeryn Boirionnach
May 5, 2016 Danielle Walden Those who think it's honorable to kill women for whatever reason should in turn be killed as well for the unnecessary murder of a woman. An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind... Just end the madness
May 4, 2016 addy king im sorry
May 2, 2016 Brenda Lin
May 1, 2016 Marianne Clyne
Apr 29, 2016 Janet DiOrio
Apr 26, 2016 Anna Bergalis Disgusting. What about male dishonoring
Apr 26, 2016 Jessica Robinson
Apr 24, 2016 Emily Rosewall
Apr 24, 2016 Anita Whateley
Apr 24, 2016 David Tukey
Apr 23, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Apr 23, 2016 robin karlsson
Apr 23, 2016 Laura Scherry
Apr 21, 2016 Garry Lough
Apr 20, 2016 refhan irtem
Apr 19, 2016 laura long
Apr 18, 2016 Mark Turner
Apr 18, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Apr 17, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Apr 17, 2016 Jasmine Barcelo
Apr 17, 2016 Logan Blossom
Apr 17, 2016 Ronda Murphy
Apr 17, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Apr 17, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Apr 17, 2016 Ellen Murphy It is important for the entire world to work to end this type of abuse, this type of murder.
Apr 17, 2016 (Name not displayed) I think this is horrific, it must stop now.
Apr 17, 2016 Claire Browne
Apr 17, 2016 Robin Hall
Apr 17, 2016 Caitriona Martin
Apr 16, 2016 Sandra Reguera
Apr 16, 2016 Shelagh Stephen
Apr 16, 2016 John Wilkins There is no honour in a family that would kill one of it's own
Apr 16, 2016 Kimberly Davis
Apr 16, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Apr 16, 2016 Francis van Dijke
Apr 16, 2016 marcia diaz
Apr 16, 2016 Rebecca Faile
Apr 16, 2016 Diana Litwin Kilkenny Please continue to advocate to stop honor killing.
Apr 16, 2016 Melinda Hartel
Apr 16, 2016 sue ann perkins
Apr 16, 2016 Melissa Clement Murder is murder, it is nobody's right to take another's life regardless of family tradition, race, religion or government.
Apr 16, 2016 Fiona Phipps There is never a justification for murder. Women's human rights are to marry the person of their own choice to worship according to their own beliefs, or to choose to have none, to receive an education and to follow her own career choices, to travel wher
Apr 16, 2016 Kristina Pardue
Apr 16, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Apr 16, 2016 Jennifer Wohl
Apr 16, 2016 Jan Ali Honor killing is medieval and brutal carried out by ignorant despicable people!!
Apr 16, 2016 Elena Christian
Apr 16, 2016 Row Shaw This needs to be stopped more needs to be done.
Apr 16, 2016 (Name not displayed)

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