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Lands Minister John Rosso must publish full SABL list

The stain of the SABL land grab is hanging over the head of the new Marape government says Community Advocacy group ACT NOW!

“It is now six years since the Commission of Inquiry reports were presented in Parliament revealing that over 5 million hectares of land had been stolen from the local communities”, says Campaign Manager Eddie Tanago.

“The Commissioners recommended the leases be cancelled, yet six years later the Nation is still in the dark as to how much land has been handed back to its rightful community owners”.

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New Lands Minister must act on SABL scandal

The new Minister for Lands, Hon. John Rosso, must make the SABL land scandal his number one priority says community advocacy group ACT NOW!

“It is a national disgrace that six years after a Commission of Inquiry most of the unlawful leases recommended for cancellation are still existing”, says Campaign Manager Eddie Tanago.

“For six years, the O’Neill government made promise after promise to cancel the leases, stop the logging and return the land to its customary owners, but all we have seen are lies and obfuscation”.

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Joint Statement on the National Land Summit

Joint Statement Putting to Light the Premeditated Consultations of The National Land Summit and Call for the New Government to Leave Customary Land to Her People.

Center for Environmental Law and Community Rights | Bismarck Ramu Group | Karawari Cave Arts Fund | and ACT NOW!

We, a consensus group of civil societies and peoples groups, have noted the publication of the resolutions of the National Land Summit consultations on the 17th of May 2019 and are very displeased and concerned.

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Government must release draft ICAC law

Community advocacy group ACT NOW! is again calling on the government to publicly release the draft ICAC law that it has promised will shortly be debated by Parliament.

ACT NOW! says there have been so many delays over the establishment of an Independent Commission Against Corruption that the government cannot be trusted not to have watered down the Commission’s powers and that it may end up as just another toothless tiger.

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Government Land Summit is a new corporate land grab

The Government is plotting to grab more customary land and hand it to multi-national companies and the commercial banks, says community advocacy group ACT NOW! 

“The government has been forced to stop issuing illegal SABL leases but now wants to use the National Land Summit as a cover to find new ways to ‘facilitate access to customary land’ for big business and the banks”, says campaign manger, Eddie Tanago.

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Government must publish full list of SABL leases

It is one of the world’s biggest illegal land grabs, yet more than 5-years after the government promised to cancel the SABL leases and return the land to its customary owners, the people of Papua New Guinea are still waiting to hear which, if any, leases have been cancelled.

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OECD to send auditors to assist Papua New Guinea’s crack down on tax evasion by loggers

International and national civil society groups have welcomed the announcement that international experts will support government authorities crack down on tax evasion by multinational companies in the forestry and fisheries sectors. The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is sending auditors to Papua New Guinea early next year to work with officials from the Finance Department and Internal Revenue Commission, under its Tax Inspectors Without

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New report highlights human rights abuses inherent in SABL land grab

The appalling human rights abuses being suffered by the victims of the huge SABL land-grab in Papua New Guinea are the focus of a new report published today.

The SABL Land Grab: Papua New Guinea’s Ongoing Human Rights Scandal highlights the devastating impacts on people living in rural communities and gives a voice to those who have suffered the illegal loss of their land to logging and oil-palm plantations.

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Minister must name cancelled SABL leases

Community advocacy group ACT NOW! is calling on Lands Minister Justin Tkatchenko to name the Special Agriculture Business Leases he claims have been cancelled. 

“For the last five years we have heard numerous false claims and unfulfilled promises from the government about the cancellation of the leases”, says Campaign Coordinator Eddie Tanago. 

“While we welcome the information released by the Minister, the pubic simply cannot trust his numbers and he must reveal the names of the leases and other details".

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Government’s ‘interim ICAC’ is not “Independent”

The government’s announcement of a so-called ’interim ICAC’ is an insult to the nation and an abuse of the ICAC name says community advocacy group ACT NOW!

ACT NOW! says an ICAC must be independent from government and free from any political interference, but, what the Prime Minister has announced, fundamentally fails both these tests.

Peter O’Neill and his government have been pledging to establish an ICAC since 2012 yet all that has been announced is a politically driven body set up to investigate political opponents.

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