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Direct testimonies – More Sorcery Accusation Related Violence in Papua New Guinea

Direct testimonies – More Sorcery Accusation Related Violence in Papua New Guinea

Two months ago, a horrifying video showing some Sorcery Accusation Related Violence in Papua New Guinea was released. The one-minute-long video, uploaded by Philip Gibbs and The Commission of Social Concerns of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, portrayed a situation where several men had stripped naked and tied four women […]

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Justice in Vanuatu: 5 men sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for the brutal killing of two men accused of practicing witchcraft.

Justice in Vanuatu: 5 men sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for the brutal killing of two men accused of practicing witchcraft.

A total of 12 people were judged last week by the Supreme Court of Vanuatu for the killing of two innocent men suspected of practicing witchcraft. They were charged with unlawful assembly and intentional homicide for the facts occurred in Akham Island last November. Chief Justice Vincent Lunabek applied a final sentence of 15 years […]

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Have you met Lilly Be’Soer?

Have you met Lilly Be’Soer?

Lilly Be’Soer is an outstanding Papua New Guinean woman. She is the leader of the organisation Voice for Change, a very well recognised CBO in Minj, Jiwaka province, in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea. Supported by Oxfam, UN Women and many other donors, Lilly and her people have been assisting women in the area for […]

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2nd Anniversary of the Death of Kepari Leniata

2nd Anniversary of the Death of Kepari Leniata

By the Committee Against Sorcery Accusation Related Violence   Port Moresby, 5 February 2015 – The Committee Against Sorcery Accusation Related Violence acknowledges the two-year anniversary of the murder of Ms. Kepari Leniata, who was accused of sorcery and publicly tortured and killed in Mount Hagen on 6 February 2013.  The case became emblematic of the […]

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BREAKING ARROWS – Community meeting in Enga to condemn witchcraft accusation related violence.

BREAKING ARROWS – Community meeting in Enga to condemn witchcraft accusation related violence.

Community celebrates ceremony to publicly reject sorcery and witchcraft accusations. Last weekend, church and community leaders organised a meeting with locals from the Hewa language area, in a remote part of Enga province, with the intention to stop the killing of those accused of sorcery and witchcraft. A group of nine people from a settlement […]

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What would you do if … you were being brutally tortured, your skin cut by bush knives and your body burnt with hot iron?

What would you do if … you were being brutally tortured, your skin cut by bush knives and your body burnt with hot iron?

Real testimony of a woman tortured because of sanguma accusations Have we ever thought about what we would do under extreme torture? Most likely, not. At least, I can admit I haven’t, probably because one never imagines that life will take him or her down that path. But, what if…? After reflecting quite deeply, I […]

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Bishop makes strong statement against Sanguma accusations

Bishop makes strong statement against Sanguma accusations

Bishop thanks PPC of Wabag for saving women accused of sorcery Last Saturday, December 1st, some courageous policemen in Enga province saved three elderly women  from being tortured and probably burnt because of sanguma accusations. The three women from Teremanda village, had been accused of killing a man by taking his heart through sorcery. They were tied and beaten, […]

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