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Fri Feb 8, 2013, 02:20 PM

U.N. denounces "sorcery" crimes in Papua New Guinea

Source: Reuters

GENEVA (Reuters) - A woman was burnt alive in Papua New Guinea this week after townspeople accused her of sorcery, the United Nations said on Friday, citing the "heinous crime" as part of a growing pattern of vigilante attacks on people accused of witchcraft.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay called on authorities in Papua New Guinea to investigate such crimes and bring their perpetrators to justice.

A 1971 law defining sorcery as a crime in the South Pacific nation should be repealed, Pillay's spokeswoman said.

"We are deeply disturbed by reports of the torture and killing of a 20-year-old woman accused of sorcery in Mount Hagen, Papua New Guinea, on February 6," U.N. human rights spokeswoman Cecile Pouilly told a news briefing in Geneva.

Read more: http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2013/2/9/worldupdates/un-denounces-sorcery-crimes-in-papua-new-guinea&sec=Worldupdates

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heaven05 Feb 2013 #1
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Response to oberliner (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 02:23 PM

1. and

here we are in the 21st century and human beings are still burning witches.

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Response to heaven05 (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 03:54 PM

2. Crazy isn't it?

But what can be done?

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Response to oberliner (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 05:52 PM

3. Very sad. They have a lovely Culture.

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