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Glasgow 2014 Media Briefing: Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu

Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu: Where accusations of witchcraft can lead to extreme violence

'Last year, a young mother was brutally attacked and murdered after being accused of sorcery in Papua New Guinea.  It is incomprehensible that sorcery-related violence, including murder, is taking place today. Accusations of sorcery and witchcraft are leading to extreme violence, especially against women, and destroying families and communities with the perpetrators acting in an atmosphere of impunity.

Governments must commit to measures to end this systematic violence against women; ensuring all cases are fully investigated and the perpetrators are brought to justice. Political leadership and condemnation of all violence against women; as well as improving education, healthcare and protections for women and women’s human rights defenders are vital in preventing these abhorrent crimes.'

Siobhan Reardon – Programme Director, Amnesty International Scotland

Amnesty spokesperson available throughout the Games with daily briefings.

Download the media briefing below.

Glasgow 2014 Media Briefing - Sorcery related violence