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  • User error: Smarty error: [in string: <p><strong>via<a href="http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20121015/news10.htm">The Post Courier</a></strong></p> <p>By TODAGIA KELOLA</p> <STYLE TYPE="text/css"> <!--BODY {text-align:justify;} --> </STYLE><p>ATTORNEY General Kerenga Kua has strongly refuted an assessment by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, that PNG lacks “any national capacity” to implement its international refugee obligations.<br /> United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, had raised these concerns in a letter to the Australian Immigration Minister, Chris Bowen, last week.<br /> Mr Guterres had stated that PNG was not yet party to the UN conventions on torture and statelessness and warned that the nation lacked the necessary legal framework to address refugee issues.<br /> There was also a risk, he said, of local PNG authorities sending asylum seekers back to their countries of origin, particularly given the “porous and often unregulated” nature of its borders.<br /> He had stated in the letter that it was not clear to his agency that the transfer of boatpeople to Papua New Guinea was “fully appropriate”.<br /> “It was the UNHCR’s assessment that PNG does not have the legal safeguards nor the competence or capacity to shoulder alone the responsibility of protecting and processing asylum-seekers transferred by Australia,” he wrote.<br /> But Attorney General, Kerenga Kua, refuted these assessments in an interview with the AAP, saying that Papua New Guinea’s legal system is equipped to deal with refugee processing and human rights issues.<br /> He told the AAP that PNG’s 37-year-old constitution codifies most of the rights contained in the United Nations Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948.<br /> “I don’t see how one could possibly say that PNG has inadequate regulatory or legal framework to deal with the issues when we have one of the best constitutions in the world in so far as protection of human rights is concerned,” the Attorney General said.<br /> “You cannot find a codified set of human rights in Australia, whereas we do. It is part of our constitution.”<br /> He added that PNG was ready and able to handle the intake.<br /> “Where detailed work is required, that will be developed and is being developed and will initially take the form of an administrative management agreement between Australia and PNG to set out the functional details,” he said.</p> line 4]: syntax error: unrecognized tag: text-align:justify; (Smarty_Compiler.class.php, line 441) in Smarty->trigger_error() (line 1100 of /home/actnowpng/public_html/sites/all/modules/civicrm/packages/Smarty/Smarty.class.php).
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EXPERIMENTAL SEABED MINING PUBLIC NOTICE!!!!

PUBLIC NOTICE: 

Act Now would like to announce the Presentation of the Experimental Seabed Mining Petition at The Holiday Inn (Ballroom 2) on Monday 22nd October. 
The petition will be presented by representatives from significant communities of New Ireland, East New Britain, Milne Bay and Madang. Various civil society organizations, students and other concerned Papua New Guineans will also be present to witness this presentation. An invitation has been extended to the Honorable Minister for Mining Byron Chan.

 

Settlements and Taxes....

Last week I was fortunate enough to hitch a ride to Kwikila market (two hours drive from the Nations Capital) in search for good prices for good value veggies, fruits and of course a chance to get out of the dusty, noisy city - just what the doctor ordered!

As I was looking at the scenery (whilst trying to entertain a bored, hyperactive toddler) it hit me that the houses I was looking at were actually quit well structured and looked durable and safe! Not at all like haphazard built shelter that I mentally associated with settlements!

ENB Says No to Seabed Mining!!!

One O’clock in the afternoon in any coastal area of PNG is humid and hot! Most people want to be sitting under the shade of mango tree – preferably with some nice ripe mangos and the pawpaw variety would be nicer even.

Pawpaw mangos in PNG are famously called 'Rabaul mangos' and the subject of today is Rabaul…well specifically Kokopo.

SABL Report to be Presented Soon

Source: The National

AN interim report on the Commission of Inquiry (COI) into Special Agriculture Business Leases (SABL) will be presented to cabinet and the prime minister at the end of this month, a lawyer said. Alois Jerewai, one of the three commissioners inquiring into SABLs, said yesterday in a statement that the final report was expected to be released a few weeks after the interim report.