PNG criticised for not clamping down on sorcery killings | Pacific Beat

PNG criticised for not clamping down on sorcery killings

PNG criticised for not clamping down on sorcery killings

Updated 1 August 2014, 17:26 AEST

Power plays between community leaders and bands of male youths are some of the reasons being given for the rise of sorcery-related violence in Papua New Guinea.

Executive Director of the Institute of National Affairs in Port Moresby Paul Barker is accusing the government of not doing enough to contain socery killings.

He says a population explosion means young men are looking to assert their authority among the more vulnerable members of their communities.

More women than men are victims of sorcery killings.

Mr Barker says the issue needs a whole-of-government response involving police, justice, community health and education departments.

But so far, he says small community groups are being left to deal with the issue.

Presenter: Geraldine Coutts

Speaker: Paul Barker, Institute of National Affairs

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