Accused of ‘sorcery’

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 [1]. 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 womenโ€™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.

Michael Hayworth
Crisis Campaigner
Amnesty International Australia


5 thoughts on “Accused of ‘sorcery’

  1. More good news! ๐Ÿ˜†

  2. Ela, what did you do to receive such good news?

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