Witches1612 in the county of Lancashire, England, nine women and two men were tried for alleged “witchcraft”. Ten were found guilty and executed by hanging. Today, 400 years later, accusations of witchcraft persist across the globe and lead to wide-spread violations of human rights.
Pastor – Exodus 22:"Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live”. Many Christian pastors in Nigeria and around the world believe that children can be “witches” and seek to deliver them from this perceived evil.
TwinsOnce accused of witchcraft, children may be cast out onto the street by their parents. Here such children are particularly vulnerable to human traffickers and often suffer gross violations of their rights.
IndiaWitch-hunts, most especially against women, are common in many parts of India and Nepal. Many women are tortured and killed after being falsely accused of witchcraft.
AlbinoIn some parts of East Africa people with albinism are persecuted, killed and dismembered due to the belief that using their body parts in rituals will bring prosperity to the user.