Thursday, 11 April 2013

Demand an end to brutal ‘sorcery’ killings in Papua New Guinea - Amnesty International Australia

Demand an end to brutal ‘sorcery’ killings in Papua New Guinea Crisis, Individuals at Risk, Petition Last week Helen Rumbali, a women's rights advocate and former school teacher, was beheaded in front of her community in Papua New Guinea after three days of unspeakable torture. Police stood by and watched, reporting that they were unable to intervene to stop the angry mob. Why was she murdered? Helen was accused of 'sorcery', and brutal attacks like this one are not uncommon. The law and police inaction effectively condone such violence. The "Sorcery Act" in PNG law offers a reduced sentence if a perpetrator of violent crime uses allegations of 'sorcery' as an excuse -- even for murder. Right now another woman and her two daughters have been captured at Lopele, Bana District Southern Bougainville. She has been accused of sorcery. We are extremely concerned for the safety of these three women. Demand Papua New Guinean authorities act urgently to stop 'sorcery' killings Demand the Bougainville Police Command need to use all available resources to save this woman's life; and also that PNG authorities bring the perpetrators of these crimes to justice and fast-track the reform of