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Accusations of Witchcraft

UN HRC: Witches in the 21st Century

August 24, 2009

Throughout history, people described as witches have been persecuted, tortured and murdered and the practice continues today. Statistics are not easy to come by but it is known that every year, thousands of people, mostly older women and children are accused as witches, often abused, cast out of their families and communities and in many cases murdered.

Tanzania - Villages Program to End Witchcraft Accusations

June 30, 2011

Imagine living in a community your whole life. Then suddenly, you are accused of witchcraft and told to leave. Or you are sent threatening letters saying you have bewitched a neighbour's child. Or you are attacked and slashed with a machete during the night.

Malawi: Witchcraft Legal Aid in Africa

February 17, 2011

NEW YORK — Accusations of witchcraft in Africa have gained increasing attention because of the severe impact they can have on the lives of those accused, including imprisonment, deprivation of property, banishment from villages and in some cases physical violence.

The human-rights law program I direct recently partnered with an N.G.O. in Malawi to run a mobile legal-aid clinic focusing on witchcraft cases in two rural communities.

Nigeria: Children accused of witchcraft

August 28, 2010

Akwa Ibom state, Nigeria (CNN) -- Just after midnight, the pastor seized a woman's forehead with his large hand and she fell screaming and writhing on the ground. "Fire! Fire! Fire!" shouted the worshippers, raising their hands in the air.

Pastor Celestine Effiong's congregants are being delivered from what they firmly believe to be witchcraft. And in the darkness of the city and the villages beyond, similar shouts and screams echo from makeshift church to makeshift church.

"I have been delivered from witches and wizards today!" exclaimed one exhausted-looking woman.

Nepal: Witch Tag Only on Dalits, Minorities

December 13, 2009

Nepal: Witch Tag only on Dalits, Minorities
By: Mallika Aryal

Witches in the 21st Century

UNHCR - UN Refugee Agency

Direct Link to 44-Page 2009 Document:$file/unhcr-jan2009.pdf?openelement

Nepal: Dalit Woman Accused as Witch - Severly Abused

Women's Feature Service
India - New Delhi

Nepal: Dalit Woman Accused as Witch - Severly Abused

By Renu Kshetry

NEPAL: Women tortured for being 'witches'

A large number of women are victims to the witch hunt practice in Nepal

Woman faces execution for 'witchcraft'

March 3, 2008

A leading human rights group appealed to Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah on Thursday to stop the execution of a woman accused of witchcraft and performing supernatural acts.