Defending the Human Rights of People with Albinism

In many parts of Africa, people with albinism face discrimination and violence, not just from society at large but sometimes even from their own families. Just because they look different, they are treated differently.

Some are excluded from education. Others are shunned by family and friends. And too many are targeted for kidnapping and attacks, the result of a heinous black market that prices and sells the body parts of persons with albinism to those who think—due to witchcraft beliefs—that such body parts, if used in potions and amulets, will bring them wealth and good luck.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights estimates that as many as 1 in 5,000 people in sub-Saharan Africa (and 1 in 20,000 people in Europe and North America) have albinism. In the past decade, there have been close to 700 attacks against persons with albinism in 28 countries across the region—and these are just the reported cases. Many cases go unreported due to the secrecy of witchcraft practices or the involvement of victims’ family, among other factors.

This is why we are working with allies across Africa to make the human rights of persons with albinism a continental priority for governments and civil society. In this video, we hear from some of the advocates leading the charge to assert the human rights of persons with albinism, change discriminatory attitudes and practices towards them, and fight for their community inclusion and participation—because in an open society, difference is valued and everyone belongs.

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It is so disheartening when one comes across such discrimination. All Human Being are made in God's Image and All are endowed with human dignity and should be treated as human being without any discrimination regarding sex, color rage, religion or political adherence.
We observe the same cases of discrimination against persons with albinism in Cameroon. Our organization fights against such in human practices and all forms of Human Rights violation and abuse
Global Peace cannot be achieved if we continue to violate human rights of person with albinism

All human beings deserve the right and should strive to live in peace and solidarity among each other.

With reality people with albinism face discrimination and violence,with no attention from any one a neighbor or friend as people are afraid of being bewitched by those who are practicing the witchcraft.In fact nothing much had been done by anyone at hand.We have heard this that th e OSF is now available to set and we need your attention to the poorly set communities in Tanzania.These are potential places where need is at high.Please come in we may as well work together.CSYM HUDUMA in Tanzania will be available to partner with you


Advocating albinisim's equal rights, specially in Africa needs efforts be carried out on cultural level.Human rights' advocates should excerpt efforts to change the Africans look to alibinisims.

Thanks for posting this. I've explored this issue in research and my novel PIGMENT. It is imperative to also look deeper into the root cause. Fear and superstition are being used as weapons by those who are profiting. When a currency is made out of children, there are, no doubt, source issues of dissociation and poverty.

We need finer distinctions to combat local practices which we regard as harmful, such as female genital mutilation or violent homophobia. In Kenya, midwives creating alternative rites of passage is proving effective. However, in both Russia and Uganda, it has been American evangelicals who have encouraged priests and politicians to use homophobia. We in "the West" have no grounds for sneering at the rejection of inoculation in Pakistan when there are so many opponents
in the US and Europe. How do such beliefs and practices fit among others? Why do some cultures associate albino body parts with healing and others with harm? And what about child sacrifice more generally?

Recently in Eastern Africa, attention has been drawn to the plight of Persons with Albinism due to cases of them being hunted for witchcraft.
If there is a limitation that affects enjoyment of rights that cannot be handled by the individual, the state has a duty to come in. International Human Rights impose the obligation on governments to provide for its people. Albinism in Kenya presents an interesting case of combined medical and societal concerns of a marginalized group in a developing country. Analysis of the current international, regional and domestic laws and initiatives reveals inefficiencies in addressing the case of persons with albinism.

Attention should be given to these group of people as they also need to enjoy their rights. In some places here in Southern Countries some members of families do not send to school Children with Albinism as they afraid to loose them. People with Albinism are 'hunted' for their body parts to be used in witchcraft activities and beliefs of creating wealth. It is now a right time to blow the whistles in every corner and making sure that the children with Albinism and any form of disability are included in education and other social service sectors. this will eventually make them enjoy the life they have been privileged by God as human beings.

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