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March 2021

Introduction Human Rights Watch submits the following information regarding Papua New Guinea's implementation of recommendations it accepted through its 2015 Universal Periodic Review (UPR) as well as information about developments in the human rights…
A boy and a woman at a bus stop in Port Moresby.
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Re: Protecting Human Rights in Australia’s Foreign Policy

Dear Minister Payne, Congratulations on your reappointment as foreign minister. Human Rights Watch looks forward to working with you to make protection of human rights a strong pillar of Australia’s foreign policy. We attach a…
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Re: Questions about implementation of Family Protection Act

Dear Prime Minister O’Neill: Please accept my regards on behalf of Human Rights Watch, an independent nongovernmental organization that monitors and reports on human rights in more than 90 countries worldwide. I am writing to you on an issue…
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Letter urging the Minister of Justice to abolish death penalty

Hon. Dr. Allan Marat Minister of Justice Department of Justice Government of Papua New Guinea Port Moresby Dear Minister Marat: We write to express concern over your recent statements in Parliament suggesting that the death penalty might be…
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Letter urging the police to investigate allegations of violence against women and reports of sorcery-related killings

Mr. Gari Baki, OBE, DPS, O.St.J Police Commissioner Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary   Dear Commissioner Baki, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch write concerning recent reports of sorcery-related killings of women in the highlands…
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Letter urging government to bring to justice those responsible for violence against women and sorcery-related killings

Hon Dr. Alan Marat Minister of Justice Department of Justice Government of Papua New Guinea Port Moresby Papua New Guinea   Dear Minister Marat, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch write concerning recent reports of sorcery-…
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Dear SAARC Government Leaders: As the leaders of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) meet in New Delhi on April 3 and 4, 2007, the discussions will inevitably focus upon economics and regional security. At SAARC meetings, human…
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Minister Alphonse Willie Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary Papua New Guinea Dear Minister Willie: Human Rights Watch writes to congratulate on your recent appointment as Minister of Police, and looks forward to communicating with you on issues…
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Minister Bire Kimisopa   Department of Justice and Attorney General   Papua New Guinea Dear Minister Kimisopa:     Human Rights Watch writes to congratulate you on your recent appointment as Minister of Justice and to welcome your public statements…
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Ms. Judy Tara Acting Jail Commander Buimo Jail, Lae VIA FACSIMILE: +675 323 2707 Dear Commander Tara: Human Rights Watch writes to express deep concern over reports that prison officers assaulted and sexually abused five juvenile prisoners on January…
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Hon. Bire Kimisopa Minister for Internal Security VIA FACSIMILE Dear Minister Kimisopa: We have noted recent reports of your announcement that, after a recruitment freeze of at least four years, the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary (RPNGC) intends to…
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Mr. Sam Inguba Commissioner of Police Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary Dear Commissioner Inguba: Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International write to express deep concern over reports that police shot and killed up to three students and wounded…
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Sir Michael Somare Prime Minister Papua New Guinea Dear Prime Minister Somare, We are writing to express concern about reports that your government intends to sign an agreement with Australia to extend the use of the Manus Island detention center by…