Archive for April, 2009

Report of the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief: Accusations of witchcraft against children in Angola

April 20, 2009

http://www.universalhumanrightsindex.org/documents/843/1273/document/en/pdf/text.pdf

United Nations: Concluding comments of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women: Mozambique

April 20, 2009

The Committee is concerned about the social situation of older women, including their poverty, isolation and lack of identity cards as well as cultural beliefs about older women, and accusations of witchcraft against them. The Committee also expresses concern regarding the particular vulnerabilities of women refugees and internally displaced persons.
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The Committee recommends that the State party pay special attention to the precarious situation of older women, women with disabilities, women refugees and internally displaced persons, to ensure
that, as appropriate, they have full access to health and social services and to decision-making processes, and that they have adequate jobs in the labour market. The Committee further urges the State party to adopt special programmes to alleviate poverty within those groups of
women, and to combat all forms of discrimination against them. The committee also urges the State party to challenge traditional views regarding older women, particularly accusations of witchcraft, and to provide identity cards free of charge, in o order to guarantee their full access to social services and social protection.

United Nations: Concluding comments of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women: Ghana

April 20, 2009

The Committee is concerned about the persistence of the belief in witchcraft in
some parts of the country, in particular in rural areas, and the fact that women accused of being witches are subjected to violence and are confined in witch camps.

The UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions

April 20, 2009

Educational efforts should be made to ensure that those accused of witchcraft in the Central African republic are not killed.

http://www.universalhumanrightsindex.org/documents/841/1358/document/en/pdf/text.pdf

Human Rights Watch: Saudi Arabia: Halt Woman’s Execution for ‘Witchcraft’

April 20, 2009

http://www.unhcr.org/cgi-bin/texis/vtx/refworld/rwmain?page=search&docid=47b5aa1a1a&skip=0&query=witchcraft

Report of the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women: Women accused of witchcraft in Ghana

April 20, 2009

http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/hrcouncil/docs/7session/A.HRC.7.6.Add.3.doc

Witchcraft and Magic in the Darfur Conflict

April 20, 2009

http://www.hollerafrica.com/showArticle.php?catId=1&artId=264

Witchcraft, War and Rationality: the strategic functions of traditional religion in contemporary African conflict

April 17, 2009

http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p_mla_apa_research_citation/0/7/3/6/8/p73688_index.html

Three more murdered over witchcraft claims

April 17, 2009

http://www.nation.co.ke/News/regional/-/1070/553740/-/7383ct/-/index.html

Dalit “Witches” Face Extreme Violence in Nepal’s Villages

April 17, 2009

http://www.advocacynet.org/resource/1246