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Witch Killing and the Rule of Law in Africa by Leo Igwe

In Africa, culture, law, society on November 14, 2012 at 20:43

From: Witch Killing and the Rule of Law in Africa by Leo Igwe, IEET, http://ieet.org

The killing of persons accused of witchcraft continues to take place in different parts of Africa despite the existence of enabling laws and human rights mechanisms.

Occasionally there are arrests, prosecutions and conviction of witch killers. But that has not brought this murderous campaign to an end. Alleged witches in Africa are at risk of being attacked, tortured or lynched with impunity by mobs. This regional calamity continues to spread.

Belief that people can kill others through magic or witchcraft is common in Africa. Due to high mortality rate on the continent, suspicion of witchcraft is rife, witchcraft accusation is widespread and witch hunting often erupts. In most cases, vulnerable members of the populati

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