UN rights boss slams Papua New Guinea

The government of Peter O’Neill has been criticised for granting licences to mining companies without the free and informed consent of local communities. (AAP)

“The reported actions of some major corporations engaged in the extractive industries in Papua New Guinea are shameful” United Nations Human’s Rights Chief

AAP | SBS | 9 February 2018

A United Nations human rights chief has urged Papua New Guinea to do more to stamp out corruption ahead of Port Moresby hosting the APEC summit this year.

The United Nation’s High Commissioner for Human Rights has taken the Papua New Guinea government to task over corruption and land rights.

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein met PNG leader Peter O’Neill and other high-level officials during his visit to Port Moresby on Friday.

Mr Hussein said it was “unacceptable” the government had granted licences to mining companies to extract resources without the free and informed consent of local communities.

“The reported actions of some major corporations engaged in the extractive industries in Papua New Guinea are shameful,” he said.

“Many communities have been forcibly evicted from their homes, often reportedly violently, with impunity and allegedly sometimes with the complicity of local police.”

He was troubled to hear about attacks against human rights defenders and journalists working on sensitive issues, particularly relating to land rights and corruption.

Mr Hussein said as PNG gears up to host the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit it had to take decisive action to stamp out violence associated with sorcery accusations.

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2 responses to “UN rights boss slams Papua New Guinea

  1. Pana WAPA

    Why do we continue to entertain corruption? Do something about this.

  2. And did Mr. Human Rights say anything about the Genoxide inWest Papua while he was in Indonesia? Or just another blur blur blur?
    Are West Papuans are not concidered as human? Then what are they? Apes?

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