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


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

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