SABL land grab

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.

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Any action by the government to address the SABL land grab and illegal logging is very welcome - but landowners have been waiting two years, not six months as the Chief Secretary claims...

By Jack Lapauve Jr – EM TV, Port Moresby

The inquiry into the Special Agriculture Business Leases (SABL) has been taken over by an Independent Task Force Team.

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It has been 655 days since Prime Minister Peter O’Neill was informed the SABLs were unlawful and should be cancelled. But instead of taking action to reverse the illegal land grab the government is now blaming landowners for creating the problem and claiming it has to defend the interests of foreign logging companies.

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Photo credit: Greenpeace

Today’s PNGFM Maus Wara Show - SABL

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Turubu villagers attending a landowner forum conducted last Friday. Photo by Jimmy Kalebe

By JIMMY KALEBE

Majority of the landowners along the Turubu East Coast in Wewak last week Friday declared to support developments that satisfy all requirements of establishment.

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Judge puts the law into practise and corrects corruption doers especially in the Lands Department and is adament that the police look into cases of corrupt land deals. It's about 'bloody' time! RUN the talk, we've been walking far too long!

Photo: Judge Ambeng Kandakasi. Photo courtesy of PNGLoop

Source: PNG Exposed

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Photo: Tamara Kruzang Mandengat Communiti Campaigner blong Act Now PNG (Credit: ABC)

Caroline Tiriman | ABC Radio Australia

Igat olsem Gavman imas lukluk gut ken long despla Special Agrikalsa Bisnis Lisas

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Source:  Jimmy Kalebe

An awareness campaign was conducted last week covering the coastal villages of Turubu in East Sepik Province.

The awareness that covered 21 villages mainly looked at Free, Prior, Informed Consent (FPIC) and Reduce Emission from land Degradation and Deforestation (REDD) was well received and drew much interests from participating communities.

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Papua New Guinea seen to be one of the most corrupt nations in the world has an endless talk-battle on riding corruption from its Pacific shores yet, is very, very slow in making this a priority. One would even think that many of these tactics are a strategy to slow the process and cover the tracks of those convicted.

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