Addressing Sorcery Accusation-Related Violence in the Village Court System of Papua New Guinea

William Kipongi

Sorcery Accusation-Related Violence (SARV) is a significant form of violence across many parts of Papua New Guinea (PNG) today. The extent of the harm caused by SARV is unknown as many cases are not reported to authorities, and even when they are reported, the fragmented nature of data in PNG makes obtaining a reliable account of reported cases difficult. A multi-year study on SARV by our research team has recorded 1,039 cases in which 1,554 people were affected in only four provinces over four years (2016-2020). A review on the two national newspapers from 1998 to 2022 has so far found 1,024 articles reporting SARV incidents. It is clear that these reports are only the tip of the iceberg of the harm caused by SARV, which commonly includes inter-generational stigmatisation, destruction of property, arson, grievous bodily harm and murder.

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Blog – Institutional
April 4, 2024
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