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19 communications found
Date, Country,
Type and
ref. no. of
communication
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received
    19 May 2021
    Malawi
    JAL
  • albinism
  • disability
  • executions
  • torture
Information received concerning the murder and dismemberment of Mr. Saidi Dyton; the abduction of a 1 year old baby in Chikwawa; the attempted abductions of a 9 year old girl in Nayuchi district, and a 12 year old girl in Machinga district; and the discovery of body parts of a person with albinism in Mulanje.
Alleged victims: 4
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    26 Apr 2021
    Malawi
    JAL
  • albinism
  • disability
  • executions
  • torture
Information received concerning the increased use of the death penalty in cases relating to attacks against persons with albinism and the alleged torture and extra-judicial killings of suspects related to crimes against persons with albinism, namely: Mr. Buleya Lule; Mr. Kumbilani Patson; Mr. Sainani Kalekeni; Mr. Douglas Mwale; Mr. Pontino Folsani; Mr. Medson Madzialenga; Mr. Gerald Phiri; Mr. Steven Chin’ombe; Mr. Jezimond Baluwa; Mr. White Chilumpa; Mr. James Moses Kanjiru; Mr. Herbert Maloni and Mr. Donald Msafiri.
Alleged victims: 13
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    30 Sep 2020
    Kenya
    JAL
  • sale of children
  • albinism
  • education
  • health
  • poverty
  • slavery
  • torture
  • violence against women
  • women and girls
Information received concerning the annual child marriage ceremonies, the most recent ones having reportedly taken place in March and September 2020, in Bunisa, Marsabit region of Kenya, where reportedly hundreds of underage couples have been married in traditional ceremonies.
Alleged victims: -
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    22 May 2020
    Zambia
    JAL
  • albinism
  • disability
  • executions
  • torture
Information received concerning the killing and dismemberment of Emmanuel Phiri, a person with albinism in the Chipata district and a grave robbery involving a deceased person with albinism in Kaoma district
Alleged victims: 1
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    09 Jan 2020
    Gabon
    JAL
  • executions
  • albinism
  • torture
  • violence against women
Informations reçu concernant la commission de « crimes rituels » au Gabon..
Alleged victims: -
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13 Jan 2020
20 Feb 2020
    29 Nov 2019
    Brazil
    OL
  • albinism
Suggestions concerning pending Bill at the Brazilian Parliament that addresses the enjoyment of human rights by persons with albinism.
Alleged victims: -
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21 Oct 2020
    17 Jul 2019
    Malawi
    JUA
  • albinism
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • human rights defenders
Information received concerning threats, acts of intimidation and judicial harassment directed at several human rights defenders.
Alleged victims: 4
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03 Sep 2019
    21 May 2019
    Malawi
    JUA
  • albinism
  • freedom of opinion and expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • human rights defenders
Information received concerning alleged threats, intimidation and defamation against human rights defender Mr. Timothy Mtambo in the context of the tripartite elections scheduled for 21 May 2019.
Alleged victims: 1
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03 Sep 2019
    05 Feb 2019
    Malawi
    JAL
  • albinism
  • disability
  • disappearances
  • executions
  • human rights defenders
  • torture
Information received concerning human rights violations against two persons with albinism, namely, the killing of Mr. Yassin Phiri on 31 December 2018, and the abduction of one-year old Eunice Nkonjera, on 22 January 2019, for the alleged purposes
Alleged victims: 2
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    20 Jun 2018
    Brazil
    OL
  • albinism
suggestions concerning two Bills pending at the Brazilian Parliament which address the enjoyment of human rights by persons with albinism. These Bills, 7523/2010, and 7762/2014, were submitted on 23 June 2010, and 2 July 2014 respectively.
Alleged victims: -
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21 Oct 2020
    01 Mar 2018
    Zambia
    AL
  • albinism
Information received concerning the attack, dismembering, and trafficking of body parts of Mirriam Kumwenda, a 19 years old student with albinism.
Alleged victims: 1
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    01 Mar 2018
    Malawi
    AL
  • albinism
Information received concerning the attack, dismembering, and trafficking of body parts of Mirriam Kumwenda, a 19 years old student with albinism.
Alleged victims: 1
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    02 Feb 2018
    Benin
    JOL
  • albinism
  • disability
  • violence against women
Informations reçues concernant l’enlèvement d’une fille de 13 ans atteinte d’albinisme.
Alleged victims: 1
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08 Feb 2018
    19 Oct 2017
    Togo
    AL
  • albinism
Informations reçues concernant l’enlèvement et l’assassinat d’un enfant âgé de 2 ans, et atteint d’albinisme.
Alleged victims: 1
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27 Dec 2017
    09 Mar 2016
    Zambia
    JAL
  • executions
  • violence against women
  • albinism
Alleged pattern of attacks against persons with albinism in Zambia. According to the information received, during the second half of 2015, three persons with albinism, namely Ms. Charity Zimba (age 37), Mr. Billy Chulu (age 46) and Mr. Jeffrey Sikanyai (age 36) were attacked and dismembered, resulting in the death of Ms. Zimba and Mr. Sikanyai. Moreover, in January 2016, an attempt was made to kidnap a 15-year-old boy with albinism close to Lusaka. Serious concern is expressed at these alleged attacks, as they appear to have had the purpose of using, or selling for use, body parts for witchcraft purposes. In this context, further concerns are expressed about the physical and mental integrity of persons with albinism, including women who are at risk of attacks resulting in death and mutilation, as well as in the trafficking of body parts.
Alleged victims: 4
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    26 Feb 2016
    Burundi
    JAL
  • violence against women
  • albinism
Allégations d’enlèvement, assassinat et amputation d’une jeune fille atteinte d’albinisme au Burundi. Selon les informations reçues, le 17 février 2016, une enfant, âgée de 4 ans et atteinte albinisme, a été enlevée, assassinée, puis amputée d’un bras. Il est probable que l’agression ait été perpétrée dans le but de découper des parties du corps de la victime afin de les utiliser, ou de les vendre en vue de leur utilisation dans le cadre de rituels de sorcellerie.
Alleged victims: 1
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    21 Jan 2016
    Burundi
    AL
  • albinism
Allégations de violations des droits de l’homme de personnes atteintes d’albinisme. Selon les informations reçues, le 15 décembre 2015, Mr. Augustin Girukwishaka, une personne avec albinisme, a été agressé dans le but de lui sectionner un bras, puis assassiné dans la commune de Kanyosha, zone de Muyira. Il est probable que l’agression ait été perpétrée dans le but de découper des parties du corps de la victime afin de les utiliser, ou de les vendre en vue de leur utilisation dans le cadre de rituels de sorcellerie.
Alleged victims: 1
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    25 Sep 2015
    Kenya
    AL
  • albinism
Alleged attack and attempt to sever body parts of a person with albinism. According to the information received, on 10 September 2015, Mr. Enock Jamenya was attacked in Gavudunyi village, district of Vigha, Kenya. Three assailants, armed with “panga” knifes, entered the victim’s house at night time. They requested money and told the victim they would cut his ear to sell in Tanzania. They then assaulted him. During the attack, Mr. Jamenya was cut at the left ear, as well as at the arm, neck, and fingers. The assailants left without succeeding in taking any body part with them. The victim was found unconscious the next morning by his son and transported to the Hamisi Sub-District Hospital, and later referred to the Vihiga District Hospital due to the gravity of his wounds. Mr. Jamenya reportedly succumbed to his injuries. It is alleged that the attack on Mr. Jamenya was carried out with the purpose to sever his body parts to sell for witchcraft purposes.
Alleged victims: 1
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    03 Sep 2015
    South Africa
    JAL
  • executions
  • violence against women
  • albinism
Alleged abduction, killing and dismembering of a young woman with albinism. According to the information received, on 5 August 2015, Ms. Thandazile Sqongwani Mpunzi was reported missing in Phelandaba village in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. A search was undertaken by the local chief and the ward council in close cooperation with the community and the police and, on 16 August 2015, the remains of her dismembered body were found in a shallow grave in Phelandaba. Four men, including a minor, were arrested in relation to Ms. Mpunzi’s killing and dismembering and to date they have appeared twice before the Manguzi Magistrate’s Court. The next court appearance is scheduled for 13 October 2015. In addition, the Albinism Society of South Africa has lodged a complaint to the Commission of Gender Equality. Serious concerns are expressed about the alleged abduction, killing and dismembering of Ms. Mpunzi, as these acts appear to have had the purpose of using, or selling for use, her body parts for witchcraft purposes.
Alleged victims: 1
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