Curbing sorcery-related violence again to the fore in PNG

12:53 pm on 15 November 2016

Papua New Guinea is again looking at what action it can take to overcome sorcery-related violence.

A three-day conference run by the Constitutional and Law Reform Commission and the United Nations Population Fund is being held in Lae this week, primarily to garner the views of the churches on the issue.

It is a follow-up for the commission after the repeal of the Sorcery Act in 2013, a move that has not had a lot of effect in reducing sorcery-related violence.

The Post Courier reports this prompted the government to set up the Sorcery National Action Plan, or SNAP, last year.

The commission said the forum would provide valuable insights to help it and the SNAP develop appropriate policies and legal frameworks to address the violence.

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