papua new guinea seizes land, declares genocide to be “in the national interest.”

the government of papua new guinea have taken away all land rights from indigenous peoples. this act of genocide is being carried out in the name of “national interests.”

With the new draconian measures in place, Basamuk Bay in PNG can now be filled with mining waste via this pipeline. Photo by Chris RichardsWith the new draconian measures in place, Basamuk Bay in PNG can now be filled with mining waste via this pipeline. Photo by Chris Richards

Indigenous Landowners have been stripped of their Constitutionally-protected land rights by the government of Papua New Guinea (PNG).

Without any warning or consultation, on 27 May 2010, the government of PNG introduced emergency legislation that dissolves the Constitutional rights of all landowners in PNG, including the right of Indigenous People to own land, challenge resource projects in court and receive any form compensation for environmental damage.

“The legislation was passed by Parliament without anybody being allowed to see the Bill before it was presented”, comments ACT NOW!, an independent organization based in PNG. “Nobody was allowed to read or comment on the text. There was no scrutiny by a Select Committee and not even a Parliamentary debate.”

The driving force behind the legislation and its secrecy–like pretty much every draconian measure ever introduced into law–is “National Interest.”

According to the Act’s Preamble:

“The law is being made in light of the recent court decision that has exposed resource projects to the risk that any permits granted by the state in satisfaction of legal and scientific requirements may not be enforceable… all major mining and petroleum resource projects (such as [Exxon Mobil] LNG) are particularly at risk affecting the economy and therefore a matter of national interest.”

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