PAPUA NEW GUINEA: If a woman is accused of sorcery in this country, they can do anything to her and no one will stop them. There were more reports of women and children being caused to violence, sometimes resulting in death, following accusations of sorcery.
Women and girls can even be killed because of sorcery in this country!
It was death of a young boy that caused the attack on a 20 year old Kepari Leniate who was accused of being a witch and caused the death of a young boy, Kepari was stripped, tied up, drenched in petrol and burnt alive by the relatives of the boy in the city of Mount Hagen, Central Papua New Guinea.
People across the world where shocked of how she was killed yet this kind of violence is par for the course in Papua New Guinea where sorcery is prohibited and observant attacks on witches which occur with alarming frequency.
As a matter of fact, accusations of witchcraft are mostly used as an excuse for assaulting woman and girls. The government took little action to handle violence against women or sorcery-related violence, inspite of legal reforms in 2013 providing for harsh penalties.
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Amnesty International’s Pacific Researcher Kate Schuetze was given the high number of reported sorcery-related attacks, specially against women, the authorities need to do much more to deal with these hateful crimes.
This type of violence is destroying families and communities in Papua New Guinea.” Amnesty International has received reports of young girls of about eight years being attacked and accused of sorcery, and many children became orphans as a result of one or both their parents being killed after accusations of witchcraft.
Amnesty International calls on the government of Papua New Guinea to create immediete measures to protect women at risk of violence containing the establishment of shelters and supplying emergency funds to help women escape violence.
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