A growing trend of sorcery accusations in Papua New Guinea

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A woman from Papua New Guinea’s Western Highlands during a cultural festival. OHCHR.

A 20-year-old woman accused of sorcery in Mount Hagen, Papua New Guinea, was reportedly tortured and killed on 6 February, says the spokesperson for the UN Human Rights Office in Geneva.

Cécille Pouilly says Kepari Leniata was burnt alive in front of a crowd by relatives of a six-year-old boy whom she was accused of using sorcery to kill, despite attempts by law enforcement officials to intervene.

Cécille Pouilly tells UN Radio's Mamadou Alpha Diallo in Geneva that cases of women being brutalized and killed due to accusations of sorcery are a growing trend in Papua New Guinea to deprive them of land and property.

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