Events

UN Human Rights Council Event – Witchcraft and Human Rights Expert Workshop

Background

The workshop is ground-breaking and the first of its kind at the UN or international level. It will bring together UN Experts, academics and members of civil society to discuss the violence associated with such beliefs and practices and groups that are particularly vulnerable. It will highlight the various manifestations of witchcraft beliefs and practice, including accusations, stigma, and ritual killings, before looking to identify good practice in combatting such practices. The meeting will also be an opportunity to discuss whether current legislative frameworks are sufficient to meet State legal duty to prevent, punish, investigate and provide remedies for harm caused by beliefs in witchcraft.  It will mark an important step towards mainstreaming the issue into the UN Human Rights system, whilst providing impetus and practical guidance to the numerous international and regional mechanisms, academics and civil society actors that have been working to raise awareness and understanding of these challenging issues

Location: Palais Wilson, Headquarters of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva, Switzerland

Date:  September 21 & 22, 2017 (Thursday & Friday)

On the margins of the 36th session of the Human Council to take advantage of the presence of a wide range of stakeholders and UN experts.

Organizers:  This event is organized by the following : Ms. Ikponwosa Ero, the Independent Expert on the enjoyment of human rights by persons with albinism, Ms. Ikponwosa Ero, Gary Foxcroft, Director of the Witchcraft and Human Rights Network (WHRIN); Dr Charlotte Baker, Lancaster University. Co-organized by the following (confirmed) the SRSG on Violence Against Children, the Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities, the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences.

Partners and Sponsors:  Confirmed  sponsors: The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Under the Same Sun, Lancaster University, Witchcraft and Human Rights Information Network, Permanent Missions of the United Kingdom to the UN in Geneva and the Permanent Mission of Sierra Leone to the UN in Geneva.

The event is open to the public. If you wish to register your interest, please email workshop@whrin.org

The full concept note and programme for the event can be downloaded here

BBC Radio 5 Live Investigation into Witchcraft Accusations in the UK

Listen to the full story, including comment from WHRIN Executive Director – Gary Foxcroft – here 

UN Commission on the Status of Women Session 59 : Witchcraft Accusations Panel

UN Commission on the Status of Women Session 59

 WITCHCRAFT ACCUSATIONS – VIOLENCE & TORTURE –
WOMEN & CHILDREN

 March 11, 2015

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Salvation Army Center – Auditorium

221 E. 52nd St. – Between 2nd & 3rd Avenues – NYC

See full event details here

Read WHRIN’s statement for the panel here

 

White Shadow Première – London 20th March

WHRIN, in Partnership with Aya Distribution and Under the Same Sun, Warmly Invite you to UK Première of “White Shadow”.

Please see event details here 

UN Human Rights Council Side Event – Children with Albinism: “Violence and Displacement”

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
1:00pm – 3:00pm, Palais des Nations, Room XXV

The Permanent Mission of Canada and the Permanent Mission of Somalia to the United Nations,
the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, UNICEF, and Under The Same Sun
invite you to a panel discussion. See details here 

UN Human Rights Council Side Event on Witchcraft Accusations

UN Human Rights Council Session 25 – Panel
WITCHCRAFT ACCUSATIONS – VIOLENCE & TORTURE –
WOMEN & CHILDREN
March 10, 2014
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Palais des Nations – Room XXVII
Geneva, Switzerland

Three members of the WHRIN team will be presenting at this event. For full details please see here 

 

Spirit Possession and Mental Health Conference

20th SEPTEMBER 2013 | London Conference.

This one day Ethnic Health Initiative event will consider the critical themes and debates on spirit possession from an anthropological, social, psychological, medical and religious perspective using a range of illustrative case study, clinical practice and research.

This conference will be relevant to all professionals in the field of Mental Health and Social Care, including those from Local Authorities and NHS trusts across the UK, Social Workers, Approved Mental Health Professionals, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Counsellors, Early Intervention Teams, CPN’s, OT’s, Chaplains, Community Faith Leaders & Healers, Equality Leads, Community Development Workers, Service User Representatives, Charities, Third Sector, Educational Establishments, Academics and Policy makers.

See the conference brochure here.

5th-7th June 2013 – Sorcery and Witchcraft-Related Killings in Melanesia: Culture, Law and Human Rights Perspectives Conference

Conference taking place at the Australian National University, Canberra. See call for papers here

23rd Feb 2013: Jinn, Black Magic and Exorcism – What Is The Reality?

SURAH AL-JINN – THE MYSTERIOUS WORLD OF SPIRITS & DEMONS

SATURDAY 23RD FEBRUARY 2013 – 10AM – 6PM

THE MAGNIFICENT JOURNEY

AN AMAZING JOURNEY THROUGH THE LAST TWO PARTS (JUZU THABAARAK AND JUZU ‘AMMA) OF THE QUR’AN FROM SURAH AL-MULK TO SURAH AN-NAAS

By Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi (Oxford University)

Full details here

(UK) Tackling child abuse linked to faith or belief – 7 February 2013 – Nottingham

The National Working Group on Child Abuse Linked to Faith or Belief recently published its National action plan to tackle child abuse linked to faith or belief, which is based on three key elements: awareness raising and better understanding among professionals, development of practitioner skills, and supporting prevention measures in communities affected.  Abuse linked to faith or belief is an issue for all services with safeguarding responsibilities for children and young people. Local Safeguarding Children Boards need to develop a strategy to address this type of abuse, and frontline services need information and training to give them the confidence to identify and follow up children at risk. See details here