Source: PNG Loop
Over 5 million hectares of customarily owned land has been taken from local people in a huge land grab. Using Special Agriculture and Business Leases (SABLs), foreign companies have unlawfully been given 99 year rights to an astonishing 12% of Papua New Guinea's total landmass.
A Commission of Inquiry has uncovered massive fraud and a lack of due process in granting the leases. The Commission has recommended 90% of the leases be revoked as they are illegal.
But the government led by Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has failed to implement the Commission recommendations and revoke the leases. As a result the leases remain in foreign hands and widespread logging is taking place in the lease areas.
Below is all the latest news about the land grab and the lack of government action.
Source: Emtv Online
The National Research Institute says Laws relating to Special Agricultural and Business Leases are outdated and do not cater to the needs of customary landowners.
The think tank is calling on the Government to scrap the S.A.B.L.s altogether in place of a new and independent working committee to work on a better legislative framework.
Source: Radio New Zealand
The Papua New Guinea police have denied residents were forcibly evicted from a popular squatter settlement in Port Moresby.
Earlier this week 300 residents were moved from Upper Paga Hill to alternate land at Six Mile in Port Moresby, and police had praised the Paga Hill Development Company, which provided transport and removal services.
Source: The National
A REPRESENTATIVE of the Mengen Sulka people in the East Pomio district has applauded Northern Governor Gary Juffa’s stand to support landowners that resulted in the cancellation of two Special Agriculture Business Leases (SABLs) in the Waigani National Court.
Joint Media Release
O’Neil Government has NOT protected the Interests of Customary Landowners
Source: PNG Loop
Expert Former Chief Land Title Commissioner Josepha Kiris has issued a stern warning to people selling customary land in NCD to restrain or face the full brunt of the law.
Kiris, who is also a professional lawyer, told PNG Loop that customary land was not supposed to be sold as there was no law guaranteeing the buyer to own the land.
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