Papua New Guinea

IB2017/31 Sorcery Accusation–Related Violence in Papua New Guinea Part 4: Trends over Time and Geographic Spread

Author/s (editor/s):

Miranda Forsyth, Judy Putt, Thierry Bouhours, Brigitte Bouho

Publication year:

2017

Publication type:

In Brief

This is the last In Brief in a four-part series that summarises key findings from an analysis of reports of sorcery accusation– related violence (SARV) in national newspaper articles and court cases over a 20-year period (1996–2016). The three previous In Briefs outlined the study and its methodology and highlighted key aspects of, and responses to, reported incidents of SARV. This In Brief presents trends across the 20 years that are apparent in levels of reported incidents, victimisation and arrests.

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IB2017/30 Sorcery Accusation–Related Violence in Papua New Guinea Part 3: State and Non-State Responses

Author/s (editor/s):

Miranda Forsyth, Judy Putt, Thierry Bouhours, Brigitte Bouho

Publication year:

2017

Publication type:

In Brief

This is the third In Brief of a four-part series on the findings from a quantitative analysis of media and case law relating to sorcery accusation–related violence (SARV) in Papua New Guinea during a 20-year period (1996–2016). As In Brief 2017/29 highlighted, often large groups of people were involved as perpetrators and witnesses. This In Brief concentrates on reported responses by the community and the state to specific incidents of SARV. Overall the analysis suggests both relative impunity for those who engage in SARV and a high degree of community complicity in the violence, indicated by the fact that in 59 per cent of cases no actions at all were reported as being taken by anyone to help or support the victim(s) in any way. More positively, since 2002 there is a clear ascending trend in the rates of attempted rescue and support of victims by police, villagers and churches reported in the media.

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IB2017/29 Sorcery Accusation–Related Violence in Papua New Guinea Part 2: Key Characteristics of Incidents, Victims and Perpetrators

Author/s (editor/s):

Miranda Forsyth, Judy Putt, Thierry Bouhours, Brigitte Bouho

Publication year:

2017

Publication type:

In Brief

It is extremely difficult to gauge the nature and extent of sorcery accusation–related violence (SARV) at a national level in any country. In part this is due to under-reporting and because official health and justice records do not typically monitor whether incidents are linked to sorcery accusations. Papua New Guinea poses particular challenges because of its language and cultural diversity, and poor reach and reliability of data collection in government services that respond to SARV. The vast majority of literature on SARV in Papua New Guinea is qualitative in nature, and most is localised, with very few quantitative studies.

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IB2017/28 Sorcery Accusation–Related Violence in Papua New Guinea Part 1: Questions and Methodology

Author/s (editor/s):

Miranda Forsyth, Judy Putt, Thierry Bouhours, Brigitte Bouho

Publication year:

2017

Publication type:

In Brief

This In Brief sets out the main research questions and summarises the methodology of a major study into sorcery accusation–related violence (SARV) in Papua New Guinea (PNG). The study began in November 2016 and will run for four years. Funded by the Papua New Guinea – Australia Partnership, the project is a partnership between academics at the Divine Word University and the National Research Institute in PNG and the Australian National University. Local researchers and data collectors are also playing a crucial role in gathering information and analysis.

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