Witchcraft and Sorcery Related Killings in Melanesia: The Legal Issues

Author/s: Miranda Forsyth

This brief summarises the main legal issues debated during the three-day conference on Sorcery and Witchcraft Related Killings: Culture, Law and Human Rights Perspectives, held at the Australian National University in June 2013. The conference was multidisciplinary, and was well represented from the legal perspective with speakers from the law reform commissions of Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea, four speakers from the Papua New Guinea office of Public Prosecutor and several legal academics. The conference discussion was extremely broad-ranging; however, from a legal policy perspective it is possible to identify four central insights.

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OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THIS RESEARCH:
  • Publisher: State, Society & Governance in Melanesia (Australian National University)
  • Language published in: English
  • Search keywords: Witchcraft, Sorcery, Violence, Papua New Guinea, PNG, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Melanesia, Law, Legal

TOPICS:
Ending Violence against Women