Papua New Guinea urged to stop violence against women

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A young girl and child at the Mangem IDP centre in Madang, Papua New Guinea © David Swanson/IRIN

Authorities in Papua New Guinea have been urged by an independent United Nations expert to stop violence against women.

Rashida Manjoo, the Special Rapporteur on violence against women has concluded her first fact-finding mission to the Pacific island country.

Ms Manjoo said violence against women is "a huge" problem in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.

"Papua New Guinea, in particular, has a larger problem that is related to violence against women who are labelled witches and the forms of violence and the problem of AIDS are going up. So that distinguishes Papua New Guinea a little bit from the Solomon Islands although both islands seem to have a belief system which are witchcraft-related, belief system around witchcraft and its manifesting in the labelling of women as witches and then the justification of violence and the destruction of women."

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Ms. Manjoo said accountability, rather than impunity, should become the norm for all acts of violence against women in Papua New Guinea.

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