Sorcery Accusation-related Violence Research Update


The Sorcery Accusation-related Violence (SARV) in PNG Conference – the Harm and the Healing was held via Zoom on 22-23 June, 2021.

The conference attracted a lot of interest and helped to bring the issue of SARV to the PNG government’s attention. Links are available on the Resources tab to the Overcoming Sorcery page.

Following the conference, the organisers wrote a submission to PNG’s Special Parliamentary Committee on Gender Based Violence. You can view a copy of the submission here.

On 12 July 2021 the UN Human Rights Council passed a resolution condemning harmful practices relating to accusations of witchcraft and ritual attacks and “States to take all measures necessary to ensure the elimination of harmful practices amounting to human rights violations related to accusations of witchcraft and ritual attacks, and to ensure accountability and the effective protection of all persons, particularly persons in vulnerable situations.”