Papua New Guinea

    A young Papua New Guinea woman was lashed naked to a pole and burnt to death in what authorities fear may be another sorcery killing in the jungle interior of the country, local media reported on Jan. 7. Black magic is still practiced in the highlands of Papua New Guinea and women are often killed for having extra marital affairs, accused of sorcery or blamed for spreading HIV/AIDS. The Post Courier newspaper editorial condemned the killing, saying PNG's hysteria over sorcery was creating a climate similar to the 17th century witch trials in America. (Reuters)

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