UN Human Rights Council Expert Meeting, Geneva


In September 2017 the Witchcraft and Human Rights Information Network (WHRIN), the UN Independent Expert on Albinism and Lancaster University organized the first ever UN Expert Workshop on Witchcraft and Human Rights at the UN Human Rights Council. The workshop brought together UN Experts, members of civil society and academics to discuss the violence associated with such beliefs and practices, and groups that are particularly vulnerable.

The workshop highlighted the various manifestations of witchcraft-related beliefs and practices, including accusations, stigma, and ritual killings, identifying good practice in combatting them. It marked an important step towards mainstreaming the issue into the UN Human Rights system, whilst providing impetus and practical guidance to the numerous international and regional mechanisms, academics and civil society actors that have been working to raise awareness and understanding of these challenging issues.

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The First International Workshop on Oculocutaneous Albinism in Sub-Saharan Africa


An estimated 120 people participated in the First International Workshop on Oculocutaneous Albinism in Sub-Saharan Africa, which took place in Douala, Cameroon, from 24-25 July 2015. The conference was brought together a range of stakeholders into productive exchange. The event was co-funded by a Wellcome Trust International Small Grant, the Ministry of Higher Education in Cameroon, the local government of Douala, Lancaster University, Les Laboratoires Pierre Fabre and the European Society for Pigment Cell Research. Read more…