Posted by: unhcragd | April 9, 2009

Witchcraft Accusations Pose Serious Refugee Protection Issue

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UNHCR News excerpt:

Demonic possession, witchcraft and the occult are not the first things that spring to mind in a debate on refugees. But violence related to witchcraft accusations sometimes results in human rights abuses, forced displacement and human trafficking.

A recent research paper commissioned by UNHCR examined the link between witchcraft accusations and forced displacement. “An extensive literature review of journal articles, UNHCR internal documents and newspapers has shown that witchcraft accusations lead to violence and persecution in locations throughout the world,” the paper said.


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