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New report on human rights abuses caused by SABL land grab

The appalling human rights abuses being suffered by the victims of the huge SABL land-grab in Papua New Guinea are the focus of a new report published by ACT NOW! and UK based charity, War on Want.

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Minister must name cancelled SABL leases

 

ACT NOW! is calling on the Minister for Lands, Justin Tkatchenko to name the Special Agriculture Business Leases he claims have been cancelled. 

The Minister has stated on social media that of 53 Special Agriculture Business Leases reviewed, 34% have been cancelled via voluntary surrender, 2% cancelled via consent or court order and 12% have been referred for further verification. 

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SABL Scandal Buried and Forgotten

 

The government has tried to bury and forget the SABL land grab scandal in which more than 5 million hectares of land has been stolen from rural communities.

It is using a well tested formula that we see employed almost every time a new corruption scandal is exposed:

  1.  First a long-drawn out official inquiry that is delayed by funding and other logistical problems.

  2.  Then a further delay before the inquiry findings are tabled in Parliament.

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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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New Study Reveals Dangers Inherent in Land Registration

Photo: New oil palm planting and processing mill in Pomio District, ENBP

Customary land registration processes can easily be captured by local ‘big men’ and companies with disastrous consequences for local people. This is the conclusion drawn in a study on recent oil palm expansion in Papua New Guinea by academic Caroline Hambloch from the University of London. 

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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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Moni istap long graon long PNG: Bisnismeri itok

Frangipani and Galip Nut-PNG (Photo:Dorothy Luana)

Source: Caroline Tiriman, ABC Radio

Wanpla farmer na bisnismeri long Papua New Guinea itok, moni istap long graon na ol pipal imas iusim graon blong ol long mekim moni.

Dorothy Luana husat i gat wanpla Galip farm long Kokopo District long East New Britain provins i mekim despla toktok bihaen long emi wok long mekim gutpla bisnis wantem galip long Port Moresby.

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Edith Babul: A Plantation That Started With Ten Indian Guava Seeds

By Scott Waide | #Inspirational #Papua New Guineans

Twenty years ago, Edith Babul’s, young son, collected the seeds of a rather exotic Indian Guava fruit he found smashed on a road.

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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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The Protection of the Customary Rights of the Sausso People

OUR LAND 

Land was entrusted to us by our ancestors for our use and to be kept in trust for the use of countless millions yet to be born 

OUR FUTURE 

We will leave behind legacies. When your grandsons and the future generations think of us, they will always remember us not as idiots, but as legendary Sausso nien. 

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