NGO Reports: Witch-hunts

WHRIN Report to UN: Exploring the Role of Nollywood in the Muti Murders of Persons with Albinism

 

A Report to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Right for the 24th Session of the Human Rights Council on the Attacks and Discrimination Against People With Albinism (PWA). See full report  here

Nepal: A Baseline Study on Reported Cases of Elder Abuse in Nepali Press

Abuse and neglect of senior citizens is a growing concern of all societies. Proper understanding of the magnitude and characteristics of Elder Abuse is necessary for developing policies and programs to curb this social evil. This study, by the National Human Rights Commision Nepal and the Geriatric Centre Nepal,  is based on cases of elder abuse reported in the two prominent national dailies, Kantipur and Anapurna Post, in a period of July 2008 to July 2010. Such data base limits study of cases that could not draw media attention, such as emotional and psychological abuse. Blaming an old woman for witchcraft was the second most common cause for physical abuse. To read more click here

Nepal: WOREC Annual report 2012

WOREC Nepal (Women’s Rehabilitation Centre) since its inception in 1991, is actively engaged in the promotion and protection of human rights, campaigning on violence against women and trafficking of women as well as economic social and cultural rights. This year, WOREC jointly with NAWHRD (National Alliance of Women Human Rights Defenders) was actively engaged in 100 days campaign on violence against women and 60 days campaign on violence against women alleged as witches.  This annual report highlights the major accomplishment and achievements during 2012. To read more click here

Nepal – INSEC Situation of Human Rights in 2012: Overall assessment

During the six year long journey of the peace process, the year 2012 has become a darker one from a human rights perspective. Compared to previous years, more incidents of violence against women were recorded in INSEC documentation this year, with a total of 52 women victimized in the name of practising witchcraft. To read more click here

Nepal – A study on violence due to witchcraft allegation and sexual violence

Violence against women is a serious problem which often recieves less attention. Nepali women are no exception to this with 60-70% threatened by violence. The Informal Sector Service Centre (INSEC) have presented their overall description and details of incidents of rape, sexual violence and accusations of the practice of witchcraft practices in their 2012 report. To read full report click here

Attacks on Persons living with albinism in Africa

Persons living with albinism have been kidnapped, mutilated and killed by fellow citizens for the purpose of witchcraft related rituals. The following documents reported attacks  on persons living with albinism in Africa. See here: PWA Attacks in Africa

 

Congo: Witchcraft in the Congo

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

Ghana: Witch Camp Report

Report discussing the plight of women accused of witchcraft and highlighting the necessity of education in combating these accusations.  Witch Camp Report 2011

Protect or Prosecute? Conjuring up Solutions to Witchcraft Accusations

Article written by the Human Rights Advocacy Centre. See here.

Witchcraft accusations: A protection concern for UNHCR and the Wider Humanitarian Community?

The following paper takes a broad look at the belief in witchcraft around the world, identifies key groups that are at risk of witchcraft accusations, outlines where witchcraft accusations may be most likely to occur, analyses the factors that lead to these becoming a protection concern and finally makes a number of recommendations for policy makers and practitioners working on this issue. See here