Last month we asked you to help a woman and her two daughters whose lives were at risk. Accused of ‘sorcery’, they had been taken captive by an angry mob in Southern Bougainville, Papua New Guinea . The woman had already sustained serious injuries, and all three were facing possible execution.
Well Ela, we have incredible news to share with you: those women and their families are now free, safe and receiving appropriate medical care.
Your quick response helped put a spotlight on these women and get authorities to swing into action: See how you helped make a difference.
Local Bouganville police did all they could to resolve the tense standoff, and senior officers were involved in negotiating the women’s release.
But that’s not all; the PNG Prime Minister also answered our call to repeal the notorious ‘Sorcery Act’ (which offers a reduced sentence if a perpetrator of violent crime uses allegations of ‘sorcery’ as an excuse — even for murder).
This is a HUGE victory for the brave people in PNG who have been calling for change for a long time — and an enormous testament to the power of our collective action. Together our quick response to pressure key political figures in Papua New Guinea helped bring this dangerous situation to a safe close.
Thank you for being part of this.
Amnesty International Australia