Atrocities related to witchcraft, often resulting in ritual killings, have emerged as a threat in Africa. Now the United Nations has taken a historic decision to stamp out this practice.
A team that includes Lancaster University has taken the first decisive steps to end the global vice that affects hundreds of people in the name of witchcraft, including ritual killings, with the formal expression of the UN in the UN resolution.
The resolution was passed without a vote and presented to the UN Human Rights Council last month by Kenya, with the support of the Africa Group consisting of 54 African member states.
The resolution calls for the elimination of these harmful practices in recognition of the principle of the right to life, which underpins human rights.
Have witchcraft-related beliefs and practices led to serious human rights violations, including beatings, banishment, limb cutting and amputation, torture, fire and murder.
Particularly dangerous rd are people with albinism, a genetic disorder that affects the body’s ability to produce pigment. But children, women, the elderly and people with disabilities are also targeted.
According to researchers, more than 700 attacks on people with albinism have been reported in 28 countries, mainly in Africa in the last decade alone. This is being driven by the trade in body parts of people with albinism in certain African countries, with a “through price” of $ 75,000 for a full set of body parts.
Likewise, thousands of people are accused of witchcraft are killed each year worldwide while others are mutilated. Many more are killed in witchcraft-related rituals.
“The UN special resolution is an important step to stop the often horrific human rights violations that are taking place around the world because of the belief in witchcraft,” said Human rights activist Gary Foxcroft.
The resolution is a victory for advocates and researchers, including UN independent expert on albinism Ikponwosa Ero, Prof Human rights lawyer Kirsty Brimelow and Foxcroft have been part of a larger team for the past decade Work tirelessly to ensure that the extent of the shocking issue is heard at the UN level. Disabilities, children and other particularly vulnerable groups are exposed.
“The resolution weighs the protection of human rights s carefully from those accused of witchcraft who are victims of ritual attacks, while protecting traditional healers as well as religious, indigenous and cultural beliefs and practices that do not constitute harmful practices in the sense of the UN bodies, “said Ero.