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The UN and European Union are promoting legislation in PNG to try to protect women accused of practising sorcery and those human rights defenders who try to protect women accused of sorcery.

Summary

This article by United Nations News makes the following points:
  • Accusations of sorcery have led to the torture and murder of dozens of women across PNG.
  • Human rights defenders are often targeted when they assist women accused of sorcery because they are seen as interfering with traditional and cultural practices.
  • According to media reports, an average of 388 cases of sorcery accusation-related violence are reported across four Highlands provinces every year.
  • The country’s first Special Parliamentary Inquiry on gender-based violence delivered recommendations to parliament, which has made notable legislative advances in sorcery accusation-related violence.

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