Category Archives: Human Rights

Cost of rice will not increase: Trukai

Source: Loop PNG

 

PNG’s leading rice supplier, Trukai Industries, says it will not increase the cost of rice in the country.

 

Trukai Industries CEO, Greg Worthington-Eyre, said while Trukai understands and is deeply concerned over the current economic conditions in PNG, and the pending inflationary impact of fuel price increases, currency devaluation and reduced consumer spending power, it has no plans at this point of passing on the impact of these issues to PNG consumers.

 

Worthington-Eyre says Trukai’s focus on food security, which includes affordability and quality, is at the forefront and they will be making every effort to support the people of PNG.

 

Trukai is the oldest and largest rice distribution and manufacturer in PNG, having been established in February 17th, 1970.

 

Apart from rice, they also supply stockfeed.

Author: Charmaine Poriambep

Juffa Condemns Killing Of Young Woman

Oro Governor Gary Juffa Has Condemned The Killing Of An Innocent Young Woman From Enga Accused Of Sorcery-Related Crimes.

 

 


Oro Governor Gary Juffa has condemned the killing of an innocent young woman from Enga accused of sorcery-related crimes.

 

“Many who were there or who had relatives there including a few womenfolk, have totally endorsed this horrible crime and some have even gone as far as posting the photos declaring the crime as if justice had been carried out,” he said.

 

“Our collective silence, especially that of leaders such as myself and others including churches and NGOs only endorses these vile crimes,” said Juffa.

 

He added that as leaders of ENGA Province the onus of them to speak out against this is vital. I urge my fellow Governor Peter IPATAS especially to stand up against this and see that actions are taken to bring the criminals responsible to face justice.

Govt thanks Trivedy

Source: Loop PNG

14/12/2017

The PNG Government acknowledges the outgoing UNDP resident representative Roy Trivedy on his services towards pushing forward the UN SDG on Climate Action (SDG 13).

He was also acknowledged on his part in giving services towards the conservation and protection of biodiversity areas in PNG.

 

Minister for Environment, Conservation and Climate Change John Pundari said given the strategic support and leadership provided by UNDP under the leadership of Mr Trivedy, a lot has been achieved in the last four (4) years.

 

Pundari said he is satisfied that PNG as a country is on the right path towards achieving some of the National Goals as well as the SDG’s.

 

“With the recent launch of the National REDD+ Strategy and after attending the 23rd Conference of Parties (COP) meeting in Bonn, Germany, there is still a lot of work to be done but I am confident that with the ongoing partnership with UNDP and other good development partners, we are on track to push forward the climate resilient development agenda and conservation and protection of biodiversity in PNG,” Minister Pundari said.

 

Papua New Guinea is implementing SDG 13 through its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) which is an official document that allows all countries, developed and developing to take action on climate change and officially make it known to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Author: Imelda Wavik

Cleaning, maintenance work begins at Jomba cells

Source: The National

By DOROTHY MARK 


Cleaning and maintenance work at the Jomba police cells began over the weekend following a National Court order for work to be done immediately.
Judge David Cannings issued an order for the provincial government to make available K50,000 of which K25,000 was to be paid to the contractor that built a new female and juvenile cell block as part payment.
Another K25,000 was to be paid to police for the clean-up and maintenance of the current cell block.
Madang acting police commander Senior Inspector Jacob Bando said the contractor had gave him keys to the new cells which were available for use.
Bando said Madang administrator Daniel Aloi had arranged a contractor for the clean-up and maintenance of the old cell block.
Cannings said the cell was unfit for human occupation.
The clean-up came after he ordered for 36 detainees to be released on human rights grounds.
Cannings’ orders followed the filing of a report by national court officials about the cell conditions and over crowdedness.

 

Police ops to be heightened nationwide

18/12/2017  
Souce: Loop PNG

Police operations will be on heightened alert throughout the festive period because an upsurge of alcohol-related incidences is anticipated.

 

In his Christmas and New Year message, Police Commissioner Gari Baki said Papua New Guinea is celebrating its 42nd Christmas as a united nation of a thousand tribes this year.

 

“As a nation, we have come a long way. But the road ahead is still long and filled with many challenges,” he stated.

 

“Whatever the future holds for our country, we stand a better chance of meeting the challenges together as one people and a united country.

 

“So on this Christmas festive period, I appeal to every citizen across our beautiful nation to celebrate this festive season in the true spirit of Christmas.

 

“Take time to enjoy with family and friends. Also take time to reflect on the past year and plan to make some positive changes not only for yourselves but for your family and the country in the New Year.

 

“On behalf of my family and all members of the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary, we wish every citizen of our country a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2018.

“God bless you all.”

[Photo Credit: Post-Courier Online]

Author: Press release

PM challenges implementation of GBV laws

 
11/30/2017
 
Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has challenged members of parliament to use the existing law and order structures to deal with law and order issues.
 
The PM was speaking in reference to a question raised by the East Sepik Governor Allan Bird highlighting the need for parliament to be more proactive on the agenda of gender-based violence and abuse in the country.
 
The Prime Minister made reference to laws and acts already in place that are designed to give protection to women, children and the most vulnerable in our society.
 
The PM, however, noted that it is the implementation of these laws which is a concern.
 
He agreed with the governor that the law enforcement agencies such as police, judiciary, and other village level leaders must work together to make sure that this type of behaviour is not tolerated in the communities.
 
“We have never seen such a gross abuse of the most vulnerable in our communities,” said the PM.
 
“Police must act on this.
 
“I will ensure that the Police Minister goes to the police commissioner to put together a special task force to address this immediately.
 
“If the local police are not taking charge of the issues on ground, the headquarters must take charge of it.”
 
(Parliament sitting last week)
 
 
Author: Julianna Waeda

New Bill Passed 

Parliament today (24/11/17) passed the Pacific Institute of Leadership and Governance Bill with 85 votes to nil.

 

 

The Bill repeals the Papua New Guinea Institute of Public Administration Act 1993.

 

This means the Administrative College known as ADCOL, at Waigani, will now be changed to PILAG.

 

The passing of this Bill aligns with the Government’s strategic priorities of training and developing public sector leaders, focused on service delivery.

 

The PILAG will be an independent statutory and have its own board of management.

 

The chairman of the board will be an appointed chairman engaged through proper executive search as a fit and proper person defined in the PILAG Act.

 

However, the Institute is not a Department of the National Public Service and is not subject to the application of the Public Services Management Act 2014.

 

Meantime, the Institute has all the necessary power to do all things in connection with the performance of its functions.

Author: Freddy Mou

Campaign to target violence towards females

22nd  November 2017

The Inap Nau campaign which is aimed at reducing violence against women and girls in Papua New Guinea was recently launched in Port Moresby.

 

The campaign will focus on youths to be the agents of change within our communities by promoting non-violent conflict resolutions within households and community.

 

OxFam which is behind the campaign, highlighted that PNG is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a woman or a girl.

 

PNG in 2014 was ranked 140 out of 155 countries in the world in terms of the Gender Inequality under the Human development Index.

 

This equated to about 2 thirds of women in PNG experiencing physically and sexually abuse.

 

Unfortunately in PNG, Domestic violence against women and girls is perceived normal and most members of the society accept this behavior as being part of our culture.

 

This is what the Inap Nau campaign will advocate against.

 

Meantime, Minister for National Planning, Richard Maru at the official launching of the campaign said the government must get behind this campaign.

Author: Jemimah Sukbat via Loop PNG

Attack on 6-Year-Old Girl by Pathetic and Perverted Individuals – Calls for Community and Church Action on False Belief ‘Sanguma

 

The Prime Minister Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, has expressed outrage on behalf of the Nation after the serious abuse of a 6-year-old girl in Enga Province by adult males claiming sanguma as their excuse.

 

PM O’Neill said police had been dispatched to investigate the abuse, and any individual who tries to impede the lawful investigation will be arrested.

 

The Prime Minister said the attacks cannot be tolerated and the abusers must be exposed, and this requires leadership from community elders.

 

“Lets be clear, sanguma beliefs are absolute rubbish,” the Prime Minister said.

 

“In the modern day sanguma is not a real cultural practice, it is false belief and involves the violent abuse and torture of women and girls by pathetic and perverted individuals.

 

“The men behind these murders are cowards who are looking for someone to blame because of their own failure in life.

 

“These violent acts are against our values as a nation and are completely unacceptable.”

 

The Prime Minister said local communities hold the key to ending sanguma activities, but leaders must step up and be strong.

 

“In the case of the young girl who was recently attacked in Enga, we are grateful for the brave people who gave her first aid and took her to a safe location.

 

“The nation needs more of these unsung heroes who do the right thing, even when it means standing up against people in their own communities.

 

“At the same time, any community leaders who allow this abuse to continue are just as bad as the men who carry out the crimes.

 

“As a Christian Nation these abuses are also an attack on our religion, that goes against all the teachings of the Church.

 

“The Christian faith that we share teaches us to love one another and uphold the rights of the young and the weak.

 

“In Churches around our country, I call on Leaders to discuss this issued and how you would deal with this violence if it was tried in your communities.

 

“Our Government will keep working with Churches and communities, as well as the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary, to end these false beliefs and to protect the lives of all Papua New Guineans. “

Education to introduce new structure: Kuman

Source: The National

EDUCATION Minister Nick Kuman, pictured, says there will be a new education structure introduced next year.

 
“The one-six-six school structure in the national education system will be implemented in 2018, starting with the National Capital Districts schools,” Kuman said.

 
He mentioned the plan during the Waigani Christian College graduation in Port Moresby on Friday.

 
“In this structure, each student will spend 13 years of schooling comprising one year elementary education, six years primary education and six years secondary education.
Kuman said the structure would allow all students to continue to grade 12.

 
“A child will start formal education at the age of five and is expected to complete secondary schooling at grade 12 at the age of 17 or 18,” Kuman said.

 
“The basis of introducing one-six-six school structure is to improve the quality of education and accessibility.

 
“The one-six-six school structure will have all children completing elementary to grade 12.”

 
He said the Waigani Christian College was a private institution regulated by the Education Department which had this structure.

 
“As the department looks forward to implementing the one-six-six structure, Waigani Christian College is already implementing this,” Kuman said.

 
“I have directed the abolishment of Grade Eight and Grade 10 examinations for selection purposes.

 
“This will be abolished over time as we create adequate space to take every student.”

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