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The Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative in Papua New Guinea: Just more corporate greenwashing?

Papua New Guinea has recently signed up to the international Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative, but is EITI a good thing for the people impacted by the oil gas and mining industries? Or is EITI just another form of corporate green washing?

Protests, arrests escalate in West Papua as regional summit draws closer

Protest in Port Numbay/Jayapura PHOTO: Free West Papua Campaign

Source: Ben Hillier, Red Flag newspaper

More than 500 activists have been arrested over the past month across West Papua as protests, demonstrations and meetings build in the lead up to the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Summit in Honiara, the Solomon Islands.

New radio advertisement targets PM to push on cancelation of fraudulent leases

A new radio advertisement calling for an end to illegal SABL logging is hitting the airwaves in PNG.

This advert is sponsored by ACT NOW! and is currently playing on the popular YumiFM radio station. 

Stop the SABL land grab now!!

Fraudulent agricultural leases have been used to steal over 5 million hectares of forest from customary owners. That is over 10% of PNG's total land area.

"When will the PM Peter O'Neill revoke the leases and stop the SABLs?"

New international report highlights reputation risk for firms involved in seabed mining

Business Intelligence group, RepRisk, has released a new report highlighting the environmental, social and governance risks for companies involved in seabed mining and drilling.

RepRisk is a leading international business intelligence provider serving global banks, insurance companies, investment managers and corporates.

In its report, RepRisk, details the many environmental concerns surrounding experimental seabed mining including:

MP's join the campaign against illegal land grabbing

Whilst customary landowners continue a struggling fight to keep and retain their land from cronie investors, members of parliament begin to realise the plight of people in thier provinces, and the peak of land grabbing in Papua New Guinea. 

It is great to see and read that members of parliament are joining the campaign against illegal land grabbing.

Waves of activists arrested during Papua rallies

Pacific Media Centre

The Papuan representative organisation, the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), says as many as 30 activists from the National Committee for West Papua (KNPB) have been arrested in Indonesia.

The KNPB has been pushing for freedom of expression for West Papuans and is one of the member groups in the ULMWP, which is seeking to join the Pacific sub-regional political body Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG).