Witchcraft and Human Rights


A panel at the Lancaster conference. Photo credit: Philip Gibbs.

Beliefs in sorcery and witchcraft are deeply entrenched and widely held in different forms across Papua New Guinea, not only in remote or rural areas.  But not only in Papua New Guinea.  Violence related to accusations of sorcery or witchcraft is a real problem.  Accusations result in stigmatisation and isolation of the accused and their families and sometimes larger group conflicts with the associated dislocation, property damage and widespread violence that results. Read about the international conference on Witchcraft and Human Rights: Past, Present, Future Perspectives, held at Lancaster University on 10–11 January 2019 in a blog post from Fiona Hukula, Miranda Forsyth and Philip Gibbs who are all working on the issue through a Pacific Women funded project.