Abuses Rise Around Corruption, Mining, Asylum
Despite the government criminalizing domestic violence in 2013, few perpetrators of violence against women are brought to justice. Women accused of “sorcery” are often attacked by violent mobs. In April 2014, six people, including two children, were hacked to death when 500 men went on a sorcery hunt in Madang province.
“Women in Papua New Guinea face violence at every turn,” said Elaine Pearson, Australia director at Human Rights Watch. “The shocking reality is that the majority of women in Papua New Guinea will experience rape or physical assault in their lifetime, while the government fails to bring justice for victims.”