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Scotland apologized to women persecuted and killed by ‘witches’

Scotland on Tuesday presented its official apologies for the thousands of women convicted of witchcraft and executed “just for being women”according to Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Between the 16th and 18th centuries, some 4,000 people in Scotland were accused of witchcraft, and the 84% of them were womenreports the AFP agency.

And more of 2,500 people were executedmost of them strangled and then burned, after extracting confessions under torture.

On Tuesday, on the occasion of International Women’s Day, Nicola Sturgeon told the Scottish Parliament that she “recognizes that flagrant historical injustice“.

He presented “official posthumous apologies to all persons accused, convicted, slandered, or executed under the 1563 witchcraft law.”

This law, which sentenced people found guilty of witchcraft to death, was in force until 1736.

“At a time when women weren’t even allowed to testify in court, they were accused and killed because they were poor, different, vulnerable or, in many cases, just because they are women“, declared Sturgeon, head of the independence party SNP.

The organization “Witches of Scotland” (Witches of Scotland), created two years ago, is campaigning for a historic pardon, pardon for those convicted of witchcraft and a monument in their honor.

Sturgeon stressed that “there are regions of the world today where women risk persecution and sometimes die because they have been accused of witchcraft.”

The witch hunt in Scotland was the work of the state, by an elite who believed that “the devil was trying to do all the evil he could and that witches were his allies,” says Julian Goodare, emeritus professor of history at the University of Edinburgh.


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