NGO calls for rethink on Bougainville mining law


Radio New Zealand

An Australian non-government organisation and the government in the Papua New Guinea region of Bougainville are still at loggerheads over the merits of the region’s new mining laws.

Jubilee Australia was highly critical of the Bougainville Mining Act earlier this year and it has now put forward a series of recommendations for changes that it says need to be made.

Jubilee Australia’s chief executive Brynnie Goodwill says landowners have very uneven bargaining power, despite reports they have the power to block the moves.

“In the end if the land is desired for mining and the company or the government wants to mine on that land, mining is considered a public purpose, which allows the government to take the land any way.”

The president of Bougainville, John Momis, says Jubilee Australia’s criticism is untrue and based on faulty research.

He says he believes Bougainville’s legislation ensures the landowners are the most protected in the world.



Filed under Human rights, Papua New Guinea

3 responses to “NGO calls for rethink on Bougainville mining law

  1. Better educated lawyers are not needed to interpret the Autonomous Government of Bougainvillea’s new mining law to show that there is fault in it. It is very obvious that this law was designed to deprive and outlaw the rights of local land owners. How can the incumbent President John Momis tell the public that his new mining law gives protection to the local land owners? The mining law that his government just passed does not allow locals to protest or demand for compensation, does not give them the right to claim anything growing on the mining land and does not even provide opportunities for partnership or set up spin off businesses. He is untrustworthy.

  2. When the facts show the new mining laws are flawed, and President John Momis lives in denial, reality becomes the insight. Jubilee Australia are exposing the filth of the mining company and of course, will face the crap of those who oppose that reality.
    Momis is brain washed when he says, “If you follow their recommendation there would be no foreign investor allowed in mining in Bougainville, and that is not what we want. We want mining but under very stringent conditions that would secure the best interests of the people of Bougainville.”
    If Momis was honest (particularly being the Catholic Priest who opposed mining and exposed what the mining company was all about way back in 1997), it shows once again “another puppet” who has lost his credientals and now supports the corporat thugs who killed at least 20,000 of his people on Bougainville.

  3. Ali

    ROOT CAUSE: Bougainville Copper Act – This is the Law that needs to be reviewed and retracted. The Bougainville Mining Act has no power over it.

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