UN Human Rights Council Session 25

Witchcraft Accusations – Violence & Torture – Women & Children, by Women’s UN Report Network (WUNRN)

Throughout history, people described as witches have been persecuted, tortured and murdered and the practice continues Every year, thousands of people, mostly older women and children are accused as witches, often abused , cast out of their families and communities, sometimes trafficked into slavery, even tortured and murdered.

As Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions, Philip Alston said in a Report to the UN Human Rights Council: “In too many settings, being classified as a witch is tantamount to receiving a death sentence.”

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