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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


Sep 22, 2016 Charmaine MacDonald
Sep 21, 2016 Mary Harris
Sep 20, 2016 Steve Howard Thank you.
Sep 19, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 19, 2016 Susan Gregoric
Sep 17, 2016 sarah makins
Sep 17, 2016 Jonathan Leffler
Sep 16, 2016 Kim Ostermeier
Sep 16, 2016 Marilyn Santos
Sep 16, 2016 cindy stein
Sep 15, 2016 Gloriana Roig
Sep 15, 2016 Roberta Smith
Sep 15, 2016 Carlyn Pruess
Sep 14, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 14, 2016 Красноярск Gnc
Sep 13, 2016 Debbie Deane
Sep 13, 2016 John Ahern
Sep 13, 2016 Karen Phillips
Sep 12, 2016 Nina Domergue
Sep 9, 2016 Raven Vergara
Sep 7, 2016 Sharon Sutton
Sep 7, 2016 Irene Souder-Coyle There is no honor in killing a woman for some frivolous violation of an equally frivolous rule. These acts are nothing more than excuse to abuse vulnerable women.
Sep 7, 2016 Virginia Dempsey
Sep 6, 2016 june harty these are senseless killings please stop them
Sep 6, 2016 Bo Knep
Sep 6, 2016 Jean-Ann Conner
Sep 6, 2016 Lisa Parker
Sep 6, 2016 Becky Silver This is so barbaric and uncalled for. Rules are one thing being murdered for not following them and calling it honor killings is ridiculous and needs to stop
Sep 6, 2016 Jackie Cudney Just imagine what change the world's billionaires could effect if they put their money into humanitarian causes such as this one!
Sep 6, 2016 K Man
Sep 6, 2016 ANA MARIA
Sep 6, 2016 jo hauser What is wrong with men who do this? I don't even know what to say to such insanity!
Sep 6, 2016 barbara caso Time for women to make the rules...no God would do this.
Sep 6, 2016 Vicki Gore
Sep 6, 2016 Jan Brittan These medieval customs have no place in human justice. Every religion inherently asks us to evolve, in terms of compassion and humanity.
Sep 6, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 6, 2016 Terri Walsh All in the name of God and Religion ... without these low class women these so-called 'superior men' would not exist !
Sep 6, 2016 L.June Robinson
Sep 6, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 6, 2016 Maxine Sheehan Honour killings are a repugnant abuse of women. It's the 21st century now. How long will it take for these people to realise that if a women is subject to rape or incest it is NOT HER FAULT!
Sep 6, 2016 Linda Bruce
Sep 6, 2016 Cindy Tylski
Sep 6, 2016 Janet Kalczynski
Sep 6, 2016 patty langford end to the barbaric practice of honor killings
Sep 6, 2016 Jeryl Smith Stop the so-called "Honor Killings." How ignorant can people be?
Sep 6, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 6, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 6, 2016 Evelyn Leslie
Sep 6, 2016 sandra Carroll
Sep 6, 2016 Georgan Gregg

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