Bougainville women’s MP wants mining law rethink

Indigenous communities continue to live around the edge of the Panguna copper mine in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, which was forced to shut down in 1989. Credit: Catherine Wilson/IPS

Indigenous communities continue to live around the edge of the Panguna copper mine in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, which was forced to shut down in 1989. Credit: Catherine Wilson/IPS

Radio New Zealand

A Bougainville women’s MP, returning to parliament after a five year break, wants a rethink on the mining law she says was rushed through by the previous administration.

The autonomous Papua New Guinea region is focussing on a resumption of mining to spark its economy and in March, just before the election process began the ABG passed a mining law.

The government has hailed it as a world first because it ensures landowners have control over the resources on their land.

But Francesca Semoso, who won the North Bougainville women’s seat in last month’s election, still has concerns and will push for the parliament to reconsider it.

“If the Mining Law that was passed by the Momis government is OK the way it is – that is what they are saying – [but] for me I have actually had a look at 3 sections of that mining bill which are totally unconstitutional, and again, it doesn’t protect the people of Bougainville who own the land.”

See also: North Bougainville rallies against Mining Act

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Filed under Human rights, Papua New Guinea

2 responses to “Bougainville women’s MP wants mining law rethink

  1. Franchesca, you as a MP have every right to question any legislation that is put forward or now in place. You are in a position to table your concerns in parliament for clarification on any point that doesn’t protect the interests of all Bougainvilleans. You and the others whom have expressed the same concerns need to join forces and push your concerns on the table and don’t let it be whitewashed by the imperialists agendas. Bougainville is for Bougainvilleans.

  2. Mining is fine but look at the distraction this has left where will you gro your food ,where is Phillip Miori ,in all this his family was main land holders and how are the Rorovanas ,in all this ,if you did want progress you would all be livings like kings with all the infer structure that the mine had , but what do you want ,,

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