Category Archives: Human Rights

Stop Preventing Candidates from Entering Villages

​***Councilors’ Actions Condemned***

The Central Province police boss has condemned the actions of certain village councilors and leaders who have been preventing candidates from entering their villages.

Provincial commander Laimo Asi said they have identified certain leaders who have been rejecting candidates, who are not from their village, from conducting campaigns in their areas.

 “This attitude is bad and not healthy for the community. How could a so-called leader do such bias practice in your community? We all come from the same district.”

The provincial police commander says such practices are the beginning of bad leadership and corrupt attitude.

“I want to encourage all the people in Central Province to make use of this opportunity by allowing every individual candidates contesting in their respective electorate to visit their community/ward to conduct their campaign so that people must have the opportunity to ask questions and gauge their view to elect their member with their own choice.”

The PPC further says people’s mind must not be controlled by money or food.

“Practice of corruption must be avoided at all cost.”

Loop PNG Carmella Gware Jume 4, 2017 at 10.38 am

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Policemen Tarnishing the Reputation of the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary.

***Port Moresby General Hospital Doctor Beaten by Police***

 

A medical doctor doing his residency at the Port Moresby General Hospital Labour ward was beaten by Policemen on Wednesday night.

The young doctor will not be assisting mothers and babies in the Labour ward, because his eyes are completely shut and he has become partially deaf as a result of the beating.

Senior doctors say there is a shortage of doctors working with mothers and babies. Dr. Berry Newman’s inability to work will cause complications at the Labour ward.

This morning Professor Ikau Kevau, Dr. Osborne Liko and other senior doctors condemned the beating of the young medical officer.

The doctors collectively demanded action from the Police Commissioner and his deputies.

They’ve made the call after one of their own was badly beaten by cops in Tokarara.

“I dropped my sister and was turning back to Tokarara, they approached me when I stopped to change my tyres, they said I dropped off criminals and six of them punched and one kicked me on the right side of my ear,” said Dr. Newman.

Dr. Newman is now nursing serious injuries which will stop him from working at the Labour Ward.

He is part of a team of young doctors being trained to save the lives of mothers and babies.

But after the beating, he is deaf in the left ear and his eyes are completely shut. The injuries could become permanent.

“My right ear is not working anymore, I cannot see anymore. I don’t know why i was beaten up, I chose this career path to serve the people of this country,” the Labour ward trainee says.

Dr. Newman told EMTV News that he was taken to Waigani Police station where a policeman told him he could pick up his car in the morning after he pays the boys.

” They told me to go wash my face and treat myself, and then bring some money [so that] I can get my car,”  Newman said.

Senior doctors at Port Moresby General Hospital say the matter will not be taken lightly. It will be taken to the Police Commissioner for the matter to be addressed.

Doctors are respected in the society for their services to health. The incident has brought disgrace to the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary.

Members of the public have gone on social media outraged by the actions of a few policemen tarnishing the reputation of the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary.

Police Commissioner Gari Baki was approached for a response.

 

EMTV News Online  June 3, 2017

Boy Suffers from Continue Abuse & Rape

***Boy Raped by Women***

 

Three women are in police custody after allegedly raping a 17 year old grade 9 student attending Kimbe Grammer in West New Britain.

According to Kimbe police reports the teenager was on his way to his neighbours house when was stopped by one of the perpetrators  and forced to flirt, smoke drugs and consume alcohol.

According to the West New Britain Provincial Health Authority (PHA) health workers confirmed that the victim is suffering from a damaged swollen penile tissue caused by the continuous abuse and rape he endured.

Health sources said that the victim is under medication and is receiving medical check for other related infections.

Health officers at PHA told the Post Courier that the victim was tricked into smoking brus (tobacco) which had been mixed with marijuana that made him dizzy as he was then taken into the house and was raped by the three women.

Mother of the victim (name withheld) said that this behaviour is not good and the three women do not have respect for themselves and that they are a disgrace to their family and the community.

“These women are from Sepik, Arowe and Tolai and are all married women who drugged my son and raped him. Basically they took advantage of him,” she said.

Meanwhile, statement and comments from the police could not be reached however it is believed that the trio have been in police custody since Wednesday.

Post-Courier Online Latest News June 1, 2017

Parkop: I have no plans to evict squatters, this is just propaganda from other candidates and nothing more

Settlements will become suburbs with basic services, settlers will get land titles and there will be no evictions, says NCD Governor Powes Parkop.

Mr Parkop added that he had no plans to evict squatters; adding that this is just propaganda from other candidates and nothing more.

“I have been the Governor for 2 terms, what makes people think that I will evict them when I have not done so in the last 10 years,” he said.

He added that he has bigger better plans for settlements around the city and these plans do not include evictions.

Mr Parkop said that his contribution to the city’s development is evident and he has more plans for the city but that will depend on the voters this election.

Governor Parkop was speaking at a recent election rally at Tete Settlement in Gerehu.

Post-Courier May 31, 2017

Health Grants Program by the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)to Fund Projects to Combat Stigma and Discrimination

The US Embassy in Port Moresby is pleased to announce a new funding opportunity under the Health Grants Program.

This funding opportunity is made possible by the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and is seeking to fund projects to combat stigma and discrimination (including violence), particularly associated with the key populations (KP) of female sex workers and men who have sex with men in Papua New Guinea.

Applicants may request a maximum of US $15,000 (K49,000).

A total of US $127,000 (K417, 000) is available for this program.

Applications may be submitted at any time for consideration before the closing date of this announcement on June 30, 2017.

The Health Grants Program encourages projects that promote partnerships among two or more local organisations for a common goal; include KPs as project implementers and/or target beneficiaries; incorporate the use of social media; and identify barriers that hinder KPs from accessing health services and develop innovative solutions to address these barriers.

Applications can be found on the US Embassy Port Moresby website: https://pg.usembassy.gov/small-grants-request-proposals/

Voting Is A Sacred Responsibility – TIPNG

Post Courier

WITH four weeks left before polling begins next month and 3332 candidates to choose from, Transparency International chairman Lawrence Stephens has urged Papua New Guineans to vote responsibly.
“We want people to look at voting as a sacred responsibility, not as something that can be bought or sold.”
“A sacred responsibility to select a person who will represent us and everyone else in the country in perhaps the most important institution we have, which is our legislature,” Mr Stephens said.
“We would ask everyone to go out and exercise their right to vote, very cautiously, very carefully and very honestly for the welfare of us all.”

Manus refugees not accepted by US to remain in PNG, Dutton says

Dan Conifer – ABC News 

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says refugees on Manus Island who are not accepted by the United States will remain in Papua New Guinea.

Australia has a deal with the US to take refugees from Australia’s offshore facilities but there is no guarantee how many it will accept.

Mr Dutton said the former Labor government struck a deal for PNG to resettle people and he expected the country to fulfil the commitment.

“We’ll work with the PNG Government but some people will remain in PNG,” he told Sky News.

“We’ve been very clear with the PNG Government: that’s the nature of the agreement struck between Prime Ministers [Peter] O’Neill and [Kevin] Rudd.

“PNG itself is a signatory to the [refugee] convention and to the protocols, PNG has the responsibility to settle those people.

Manus island refugees

“We have been very clear: those people are not going to settle in our country.”

The Immigration Minister said “some 36 people or so” have already been settled in the country.

Mr Dutton also said he expected the Manus Island detention centre to close before the end of October after a court decision last year.

‘Australia ‘encouraged’ by US approach but no numbers yet’

The Immigration Minister said US Homeland Security and State Department officials were examining the cases of people on Manus and sounded hopeful many would be accepted.

US President Donald Trump labelled the agreement “dumb” and blasted Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull about it earlier this year.

The Coalition has also previously said women, children and families on Nauru would be prioritised in the process.

Labor said the Government needed to further explain what would happen to refugees left in PNG.

“The Turnbull Government has put all their eggs in one basket with the US agreement and failed to secure other third-country resettlement arrangements,” Labor’s immigration spokesman Shayne Neumann said.

“The Turnbull Government needs to clarify what the Australian Government’s role will be in Manus Island once the offshore processing centre closes in October, and what support and assistance will be offered to refugees who are forced to remain in PNG.”

 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-04-09/refugees-not-accepted-by-us-to-remain-in-papua-new-guinea/8428780

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