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Summary When the head teacher found out that I was pregnant, he called me to his office and told me, “You have to leave our school immediately because you are pregnant.” —Jamida K., Kahama, Tanzania, April 2014 We don’t allow pregnant girls to continue…
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The extremely high rate of family violence in Papua New Guinea (PNG) needs to be addressed, said a long list of countries during PNG’s United Nations Periodic Review, a process in which countries’ human rights records are scrutinized by their peers at the…
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Make Good on Commitment to Close Manus Detention Center

(Geneva) – The Papua New Guinea (PNG) government should present its plan and timeline for closing the Manus Island detention center at the upcoming Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Papua New Guinea on May 6, 2016, at the United Nations Human Rights…
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Papua New Guinea (PNG) is a dangerous place to be pregnant. It has one of the highest rates of maternal death in the world, second only to Afghanistan in the Asia Pacific region. Only slightly more than 50 percent of women give birth in a facility or with…
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“I went to the police 17 times. I went every week for the last month. They said this is a domestic problem," Jenella (not her real name) told me. "They just told my husband not to do it again."
 
 Jenella's story is all too common in Papua New…
A woman holding a child looks down the valley from Kassam Pass.
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Ruth, 29, shows me a fresh wound, slowly healing, on the top of her head, while she stays at a safe house in Port Moresby. “About 6.30am. I was getting ready for work. We had an argument ... My husband threw a rock. My head was broken. No one helped,” she…
A woman holding a child looks down the valley from Kassam Pass.
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 Family violence in Papua New Guinea is an emergency. Women across the country are enduring brutal attacks from their partners, as often officials neglect survivors’ needs for safety, services, and justice. Civil society groups…
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Domestic violence occurs everywhere, and in most countries it’s a criminal offense. But in Papua New Guinea - a Pacific nation near Australia experiencing a virtual epidemic of domestic violence - beating your wife often isn’t treated as a crime, although…
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Women Often Ignored, Left Without Services, Pushed to Reconcile With Attacker

(Sydney) – Women and girls in Papua New Guinea are enduring brutal attacks from their partners, as government officials neglect survivors’ needs for safety, services, and justice, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today. Critical…
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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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Child Brides Denied Education, Face Violence, Health Catastrophes

(Geneva) – As the world celebrates the first International Day of the Girl Child on October 11, 2012, eliminating child marriages should be a key political priority for governments to protect the rights of girls and women. Child marriages occur when one…
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What Would You Choose – Prison or Rape?

As told by Chris Albin-Lackey, senior researcher for the Business and Human Rights division We parked our land cruiser by the side of the dirt road, high in the mountains covered with lush, green vegetation. In the distance, framed by greenery, was a vast…
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Human Rights Watch recently released a report that details brutal gang rapes and other abuses allegedly carried out by employees of Barrick Gold in Papua New Guinea. Barrick, a Canadian firm, is the world's largest gold producer and Porgera is one of the…
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Systemic Failures Underscore Need for Canadian Government Regulation

(Toronto) - Private security personnel employed at a gold mine in Papua New Guinea have been implicated in alleged gang rapes and other violent abuses, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The Porgera mine has produced billions of dollars…
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Papua New Guinea has made the international news again with a horrific story to reinforce stereotypes about the country: sorcery, sex, and fire. On January 6, a group of men reportedly stripped a woman naked, bound her hands and feet, stuffed a cloth in…
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Papua New Guinea has made the international news again with a horrific story to reinforce stereotypes about the country: sorcery, sex, and fire. On January 6, a group of men reportedly stripped a woman naked, bound her hands and feet, stuffed a cloth in…
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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-…