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Amnesty International calls for swift presidential assent to anti-witchcraft bill

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Amnesty International’s Country Director, Genevieve Partington, has called on the Ghanaian President to promptly approve the Anti-Witchcraft Bill, aiming to shield unjustly accused women from inhumane treatment.

Partington emphasised the importance of sending a resounding message that witchcraft accusations have no place in a modern, progressive society.

Speaking at a Tamale forum commemorating International Women’s Day, she urged collective support to stand in solidarity with vulnerable women who have endured unjust persecution.

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Organised by Songtaba in collaboration with Vibrant Village Foundation, Amnesty International, Coalition Against Witchcraft Accusation, ActionAid, and OXFAM, the event focused on discussing witchcraft accusations and the fate of the Anti-Witchcraft Bill.

The private member’s bill has already secured parliamentary approval, but the President’s assent is awaited to formalise it into law.

Ms. Partington urged the public to rally behind the cause, emphasising the need to protect women who have suffered under false accusations.

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Hajia Lamnatu Adam, Executive Director of Songtaba, highlighted positive strides in reintegrating alleged witches into their communities.

She noted the efforts of the Regional Reintegration Committee, which has successfully reintegrated about 220 women accused of witchcraft, closing two alleged witches’ camps and leaving four operational.

“Collectively, at the Regional Reintegration Committee, we have reintegrated about 220 women accused of witchcraft, who lived in the camps and now back home. We have also jointly disbanded or closed two of the alleged witches’ camps leaving four.”

Addressing the broader coalition of organisations advocating for the Anti-Witchcraft Bill, Chief Sintaro Sakoya Naa condemned the harmful practice of ostracising women based on unfounded accusations.
As part of the forum, the Coalition of CSOs Against Witchcraft Accusations sent an open letter to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, urging comprehensive measures to facilitate the affected women’s reintegration into society.

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The coalition emphasised the need for support in areas such as healthcare, education, economic opportunities, and psychological assistance.

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  1. Let Amnesty International and the coalition insist on the president assenting of the Anti LGBTQ bill that will go a long way to apart from saving & protecting children from abuse, would also curb the psychotic menace in our society.

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