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Turubu landowners plan to stage protest march

By Jimmy Kalebe in Post Courier

THE Turubu landowners of portion 144c in East Sepik planning to stage a protest march if their graviences are not fully addressed by the authorities.

The landowners have drawn up their petition and presented it to the authorities, especially the Department of Agriculture and Livestock and Wildlife, Lands and Physical Planning and the Forest and Climate Change departments.

Land lost in Papua New Guinea highlighted by NGOs

From Radio New Zealand

There are claims Papua New Guinea has lost a third of its territory to foreign companies, which the think tank the Oakland Institute calls one of the swiftest and largest land grabs in recent history.

The Institute, along with the Pacific Network on Globalisation, or PANG, has produced a film called, On Our Land, which documents the loss of land under the Special Agriculture and Business Leases.

SABL Case Study No.6: Turubu and Sepik Oil Palm Plantations

From PNGexposed blog

SABL Commission of Inquiry Report 2: Pages 822-865

“The Land Investigation Report was flawed because it failed to ascertain the majority consent of the whole landgroups [sic]…” [p864]

SOPPL is a foreign owned company… is not IPA compliant… does not have the managerial, nor the capacity to undertake large scale agriculture activity and is a logging company”. [p865]

“The soil is not suitable for oil palm estate” [p865]

SABL Case Study 4: Department of Lands corrupt and incompetent

From PNGexposed blog

“With corrupt government officials from implementing agencies riding shotgun for them, opportunistic loggers masquerading as agro-forestry developers are prowling our countryside, scoping opportunities to take advantage of gullible landowners and desperate for cash clan leaders.” [Report 1 p242]

SABL Commission of Inquiry Reports 1 and 2

Papuan rebel commander to meet Vanuatu PM

From Radio New Zealand

A West Papuan guerilla commander has visited Vanuatu and participated in a special Morning Star Flag raising ceremony yesterday to mark the anniversary of the West Papua declaration of independence in 1961.

Uri Joweni is the military senior commander of the rebel OPM Free West Papua Movement and has been a key target of the Indonesian security forces in Papua.

PNG gets moving on scourge of corruption

Comment from ACT NOW!: Lets not forget O'Neill has NOT acted to revoke the illegal SABL leases. That remains a big blot on his anti-corruption credentials!!

By Rowan Callick in The Australian

PAPUA New Guinea's Supreme Court has overturned a three-year injunction preventing the publication of an 812-page commission of inquiry into false compensation scams that cost the country more than $300 million.

Arrests at West Papua flag-raising

From The Guardian UK

Three organisers of a pro-West Papua rally in Port Moresby have been taken into custody, with the governor of the Papua New Guinean capital accusing the country's government of bowing to pressure from neighbour Indonesia.

The PNG nationals Fred Mambrasar, Tony Fofoe and Patrick Kaiku said they were interviewed by police on Sunday afternoon after taking part in a march to mark the West Papuan national day of 1 December. The event culminated in the raising of the banned West Papuan morning star flag.