On the 10 December, Statment of Campain to Stop Honor Killings

World Human Rights Day is an annual event held on December 10th. After World War II, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 10th, 1948. This document is the first to declare the universal rights to which everyone is entitled to as a human being. Recognizing the rights and freedoms of all human beings is considered a great victory for all of humanity.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights contains 30 articles that proclaim the fundamental civil, cultural, economic, political, and social rights of all human beings. Human rights include principles that aim to enforce human dignity and create equal and free conditions for all members of a society. Universal human rights are inalienable and unassailable. 

One of the most important and fundamental issues of countries today is the observance of human rights and human dignity. Totalitarian governments try to pretend that human rights are not violated under their governments. But with carefully following the news and documentaries of violence around the world, it is clear that there is widespread violation of the human rights of women, children, and LGBT+ people.

The 73rd anniversary of World Human Rights Day comes at a time when violence against women, especially honor killings, has risen significantly and the killing of women and girls in the name of “honor” has become daily news. Although Iran was one of the first countries to sign the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Islamic Republic of Iran is still one of the four countries that have not yet joined the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women. Iran also rejected the 2030 document, which is based on the principles of dignity, human rights, social justice, and peace, as well as shared responsibility and accountability.

The LGBT+ community suffers from discrimination and human rights violations. On the one hand, homosexuality is criminalized in law, and on the other hand, most LGBT+ people are threatened and harassed by both society and even family members due to lack of scientific and psychological awareness. Expressing their sexual identity puts them at risk of “honor killings”.

The STOP Honor Killings Campaign, in line with its commitment to preventing honor killings, condemns the existence of any discriminatory and violent laws against women and children in civil and criminal law and insists on the enactment of laws based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

On World Human Rights Day, The STOP Honor Killings Campaign declares, “Women’s rights are human rights” and strongly condemns all laws, traditions, beliefs, and practices that lead to honor killings. We call on all awakened and conscious consciences to work together with collective will to turn respect for human rights by governments into a social discussion and public will, and to confront any human rights violations.

STOP honor killings Campaign 

December 10, 2021

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