UN Workshop

Posted by on Aug 8, 2017 in News | 0 comments

UN meeting to tackle witchcraft-related attacks on people with albinism

witchcraft_thumbIn numerous countries around the world, witchcraft-related beliefs and practices have resulted in serious violations of human rights including, beatings, banishment, cutting of body parts, amputation of limbs, torture and murder.

Women, children, the elderly, and persons with disabilities, particularly persons with albinism, are particularly vulnerable. Despite the seriousness of these human rights abuses, there is often no robust state led response.

A ground-breaking workshop at the UN Headquarters in Geneva on 21-22 September 2017 will bring together UN and Government Officials, academics, activists, policy makers and faith leaders to outline the scale of the problem and identify solutions to prevent further human rights violations from taking place.

The workshop is organised by the Independent Expert on the enjoyment of human rights by persons with albinism, the Witchcraft and Human Rights Information Network (WHRIN) and Lancaster University.

Click here for a PDF of the poster for the workshop. For further information, please contact workshop@whrin.org