SABL Campaign Updates

Construction Work Halted on Site of Fraudulent SABLs

Fraudulent SABLs that the government has failed to cancel despite the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry are still causing conflict and injustice - see stories below.

This is what the Commission of Inquiry said about the SABL over Portions 2465C and 2466C.  

“There was misrepresentation and fraud involved in the whole process” [Report p164]

Landowner signatures were forged in “a criminal act” [p150].

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West Pomio SABL Damages Assessment K2.4 billion

Communities affected by three Special Agriculture Business Leases in the West Pomio District of East New Britain Province have assessed the economic damage caused by logging and oil palm planting at more than K2.4 billion.

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MP wins court order against logging and oil palm

Hon. Jelta Wong MP via FaceBook

Court Order against Bruno Niu Wirka, Lamus Incorporated Land Group & Tzen Niugini Limited successful; restrained from conducting any eviction, destruction of property, Oil Palm planting whatsoever in Portion 910C Millinch Pondo, Fourmil Rabaul ENB. 

Tzen Nuigini Limited remove all its machines and employees from the above stated portion / Millinch

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Court dismisses orders restraining customary landowners from accessing their OWN land

Source: Scott Waide, My Land My Country

A group of  customary landowners in Papua New Guinea have regained access to their land following a significant legal victory against supporters of a logging company.

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#PNG land grabbers could potentially face International Criminal Court

Source: Martyn Namarong / Namarong Report

The International Justice and Human Rights (IJHR) Clinic at the Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia has released a manual that explores the novel idea of prosecuting land grabbing as a crime against humanity.

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PNG hosts APEC on illicit timber while allowing illegal logging

IMAGE: Map showing new logging roads and tree cover loss in 2017

SOURCE: Global Witness

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SABL petition anniversary marks PNG's greatest ever scandal

February 21st is the first anniversary of the presentation of a 10,000 signature petition to the Department of Lands demanding the cancellation of the SABL leases. 2018, also marks five-years since the SABL Commission of Inquiry exposed the full extent of the illegal land grab, which affects more than 10% of the whole country.

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Message from Tavolo villagers: “We did not sign SABL”

Pepetua Marangona, Tavolo village, Pomio

Source: Scott Waide, My Land, My Country

Tavolo village in Pomio, East New Britain, is a place not many in Waigani know about.

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UN calls out PNG over litany of abuses

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, right, meets PM Peter O'Neill Source: OHCHR

UN High Commissioner highlights key issues including corruption, the SABL land grab and human rights abuses in the extractive industries. Read his full statement here.

SOURCE : Stefan Armbruster, SBS

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