NGO Reports: Christianity

WHRIN Releases Latest UN Report 2017

Witchcraft Accusations and Persecution; Muti Murders and Human Sacrifice:Harmful Beliefs and Practices Behind a Global Crisis in Human Rights

This report was specifically compiled for the United Nations Expert Workshop on Witchcraft and Human Rights, in Geneva on 21st and 22nd September 2017.

The report outlines a study of all recorded online cases of human rights abuses linked to beliefs in witchcraft, muti and human sacrifice in 2016.  It aims to provide some background understanding into the work carried out by the United Nations on these issues to date; outline the current scale of the abuses of human rights that are taking place across the world due such harmful beliefs and practices; identify emerging trends and, finally, act as a call to action for all UN, Government and civil society agencies working on these issues to redouble their efforts to develop solutions to prevent further abuses from taking place.

The full report can be downloaded HERE

Witch-hunts in South Africa – Advocacy against Human Rights Abuses Committed as a Result of Accusations of Witchcraft and Violent Witch-hunts, 2014

The vast majority of victims of accusation of witchcraft, both deceased and still living, in South Africa have been and are being denied their legal right to all of these constitutional rights. Accusations of witchcraft are not condoned under the constitutional rights to freedom of religion, belief and opinion, or expression, as incitement to propaganda for war; incitement of imminent violence; or advocacy of hatred based on race, ethnicity, gender or religion, that constitutes incitement to cause harm, is not protected under South African law. Accusations of witchcraft and resulting witch-hunts constitute a series of clearly identified crimes under both international and national law.

See full report here

Hunting Witches – World Policy Journal Article by WHRIN

Article by Gary Foxcroft, Executive Director, WHRIN. Read full article here 

WHRIN Launches Report to UN – 21st Century Witchcraft Accusations and Persecution

Geneva, March 10th  2014 – WHRIN launches what may be the first ever report into the global scale of witchcraft accusations and persecution, muti killings and human sacrifice at the 25th session of the UN Human Rights Council. See full report here
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Asia: The Asia Foundation 2012 reports

Water shortages and global climate change; long-running sub-national conflicts; human trafficking and gender-based violence; persistent poverty and widening income gaps; weak legal systems and ineffective governance institutions—these are among the critical issues The Asia Foundation is helping to tackle in the 21st century. In fact, The Asia Foundation’s mission, which we refreshed in 2012, has never been in sharper focus: to improve lives, expand opportunities, and help societies flourish across a dynamic and developing Asia. To read full report click here

Congo: Witchcraft in the Congo

A compilation of articles and blogs written by world vision on the issue of witchcraft in Congo. See here.

Uganda:Man Beheaded for Witchcraft

In Uganda, the belief in witchcraft and ‘black’ magic is very strong. The term witchcraft evokes fear in the minds of people across the country. Very often people attribute death, diseases or any misfortune to witchcraft. Witchcraft accusations often take place among neighbours, family or community members. People hate or react violently to anybody suspected of using occult powers to harm or destroy. A witch is generally seen as an ‘enemy within’ who should be eliminated.  Read more here.

Child Sacrifice in Uganda

Comprehensive report by Jubilee Campaign and Kyampisi Childcare Ministries looking at the scale of child sacrifice in Uganda. See here for full report

Child Sacrifice and the Response of the Church in Uganda

Report by Across Outreach into the scale of child sacrifice in Uganda with a number of recommendations for stakeholders. See full report here.

DRC: The Invention of Child Witches in the Democratic Republic of Congo – Save the Children

This report summarises Save the Children’s knowledge on the issue of children accused of witchcraft  in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The information and analyses presented are all drawn from various research studies as well as from the experience their programme has gained through the reunification and reintegration of almost 2,000 children in the  cities of Kinshasa and Mbuyi-Mayi.
The greatest source of information, however, was  Save the Children’s direct work with pastors from the revivalist churches, communities and parents who have accused their children of witchcraft. Please click here for the full report.