World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


UN rights expert welcomes conviction of mastermind in murder

N rights expert welcomes conviction of mastermind in murder of woman with albinism

GENEVA (03 March 2017) – A United Nations human rights expert has welcomed the conviction in South Africa of a man who masterminded the murder and dismemberment of the body parts of a woman with albinism by a decision of 23 February 2017 of the High Court of South Africa, kwazulu-natal local division.

The 20-year old victim was kidnapped in August 2015 in a village in Kwa-Zulu Natal and later found dead. Her body parts were collected to be used in a form of traditional medicine or witchcraft ritual, aimed at producing wealth for clients of the mastermind.

The United Nations Independent Expert on the enjoyment of human rights by persons with albinism, Ikponwosa Ero, said: “Too often, only middlemen and hired hands are arrested or prosecuted. This sentence from the High Court of South Africa is particularly important as it condemns the man who organized and recruited persons for the crime.”

The mastermind behind the attack pleaded guilty to premeditated murder. He had offered large sums of money to the two others he recruited in exchange for bringing the requisite body parts. One of the hired perpetrators was chosen because he had been in a relationship with the victim, and therefore could easily lead her to the location of the attack.

Evidence showed that the mastermind was a traditional healer, He was also the leader of a church attended by one of the hired perpetrators. He had instructed his accomplices to follow a ritual for killing the woman and for obtaining the requisite body parts.

“Such cases are fundamental to understanding patterns and root causes of the ongoing attacks against persons with albinism,” said Ms. Ero. “This case confirms reported trends such as the direct implication of some traditional healers, witchcraft belief and practice, as well as the involvement of people who have a relationship with the victim,” the expert concluded.
ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Westminster: NZ PM Condemns London Attack

“London is a place many thousands of New Zealanders have visited and called home, and where many more have friends and family based, so this attack feels very close to home,” Mr English says. More>>

ALSO:

Amnesty: Campaign Mass Hangings And Extermination At Syrian Prison

A chilling new report by Amnesty International exposes the Syrian government’s calculated campaign of extrajudicial executions by mass hangings at Saydnaya Prison. Between 2011 and 2015, every week and often twice a week, groups of up to 50 people ... More>>

Russian Hack Job?: White House - Actions In Response To Russian Malicious Cyber Activity & Harassment

President Obama authorized a number of actions in response to the Russian government’s aggressive harassment of U.S. officials and cyber operations aimed at the U.S. election in 2016. More>>

Israel/Palestine: Michael Field - Background To How Israel Nearly Went To War With New Zealand

New Zealand and Senegal managed to get the United Nations Security Council to pass resolution 2334 which said Israel’s settlements in Palestinian territory violate international law and undermine a two-state solution in Israel's conflict with Palestine. More>>

ALSO:

US Indigenous Affairs: How President Obama Has Protected Our Sacred Land

I am very proud to be both Navajo and American. As the President of the Navajo Nation, I’ve dedicated my life to ensuring that, as a Navajo, my story -- and our stories -- are part of our collective American history. Today, I want to share one of those stories with you. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news