By Patricia Keamo – EMTV News, Port Moresby
The PNG Tribal Foundation is calling on the National Government to enforce the rule of law in regards to Sorcery Accusation Related Violence (SARV) as well as enforcing existing laws and prosecute both perpetrators and instigators.
Tribal Delegates were recently in Geneva, Switzerland where they presented to the United Nations the need for more attention and action for Sorcery Accusation Related Violence as a Human Rights violation.
The Foundation says the work to end Sorcery Accusation-Related Violence needs the commitment of many and over the years, and Tribal has been working with national and international organizations in supporting internally-displaced Papua New Guineans who are accused of sorcery and unable to return to their customary land.
Tribal is now calling on the assistance of the National Government in enforcing existing laws, provide resources to both government and civil society working in this space, and educate leaders, police, and the judiciary on existing laws.
Tribal Foundation President, Gary Bustin, said SARV is everyone’s problem and falsely accusing someone of sorcery and then torturing them, is unacceptable.