Violence against albino children in Africa
FI delivered a joint written statement to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children and the Human Rights and the Human Rights Council to the plight of albino children in the United Republic of Tanzania. In recent years, people with albinism have been subjected to high levels of violence and killed due to witchcraft beliefs that their body parts bring wealth and success to those who consume them. Further, they are often rejected by their families and communities who consider them a "curse" and are subjected to extreme discrimination and stigmatisation.
Whilst the Government of Tanzania has highlighted its commitment and progress to addressing the situation, FI believes that there is an urgent need to take immediate action to protect this vulnerable group of children and to eradicate the practice. FI recommends a fully integrated response at the regional, national and international level based on three axes: prosecution, prevention and protection. This should involve coordination amongst different actors, including the Government, civil society, communities, families, schools and children, along with the assistance of the international community.
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