Thursday, December 5, 2013
Monday, December 2, 2013
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Saturday 30th November 2013
Namah concerned over slow pace of justice
Papua New Guinea’s Alternate Prime Minister Hon. Belden Namah has expressed concern over the sluggishness of justice in the matter of the K 71.8 million payout to Paraka Lawyers. Namah said that whilst the Principle of Paraka Lawyers, Paul Paraka has been arrested and charged, his co-conspirators have been allowed to get off scot-free.
Namah warned Papua New Guineans to remain vigilant against the sweet talk of the Prime Minister and his cadres.
“Paraka would never have received K71.8 million without the highest political consent.
“Paraka is a small fry compared to the Big Fish who have assisted in the processing of the payment.
“It is inconceivable to think that such a large appropriation of the people’s money would have been possible without approval from the Prime Minister, Minister for Treasury and Minister for Finance.”
Namah, who has taken up the fight against corruption, believes Papua New Guinea is at the crossroads. He expressed particular concern regarding funding cuts to the Department of Justice and Attorney General (DJAG).
“This corrupt government has just handed down a record K15 billion budget whilst at the same time slashing the Justice Department’s recurrent budget by K52 million.
“Who will hold this corrupt government to account when it has undermined the functions of the Department of Justice and Attorney General by cutting off much needed budgetary support?”
Namah also acknowledged the recent court ruling that lifted the injunction preventing the publication of the Finance Inquiry Report. He has called for speedy prosecution of those involved in the theft of hundreds of millions of the people’s money.
Belden Namah, MP
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Sunday, November 24, 2013
“After years of looking at large-scale land acquisitions in Africa, we thought we had heard about almost every scenario of deception and collusion. Papua New Guinea was an eye-opener,” said Frederic Mousseau, Policy Director at the Oakland Institute and author of the report.
"Land for the people in the Pacific is much more than a commodity; it is a source of welfare, livelihood, identity, and a social safety net,” said Serah Aupong of PANG. “As we continue to struggle for essential services for the majority of the people, access to customary land fulfils our basic needs. The complicity of the government of Papua New Guinea in allowing this theft of land to continue is a gross injustice that demands immediate attention and correction," she continued.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
West Papuan Independence leader Benny Wenda will be launching a series of events next week Monday, in the lead up to ceremonies marking West Papua‘s Independence Day celebrations in Port Moresby.
On December 1, 1961, the colonized peoples of West Papua were granted their freedom and nationhood status by the departing colonial power – the Netherlands. On historical occasion, the Morning Star (West Papuan flag) was raised for the first time, the first West Papuan legislature convened, the national anthem of the West Papuan people was sung for the first time and all the trappings of a West Papuan nation were demonstrated to the “community of nations”, internationally.
However, a year later, in 1962, the Indonesian military invaded and annexed the predominantly Melanesian-peopled West Papuan nation. This illegal act is well-documented and is the subject of growing demands for the revisitation of the role of all parties involved in this scandal.
In collective resistance against the Indonesian colonial rule in West Papua, Papua New Guineans will join their West Papuan brothers and sisters on Sunday December 1, 2013 to raise the Morning Star in various locations around the country. As part of the “Sorong to Samarai” campaign, the day itself will be a reminder of the injustices committed against the West Papuan people and the urgent need for Papua New Guinean and Melanesian solidarity in raising the profile of West Papuan self-determination on the international stage. The PNG media is invited to participate in this endeavor.
The final week of November 2013, leading to the main event of December 1, 2013 will include a series of activities in the Free West Papua campaign. These include:
1. LAUNCHING OF EVENTS CALENDER BY WEST PAPUAN INDEPENDENCE LEADER BENNY WENDA
Date: Monday, November 25th, 2013
Time: 1pm to 2pm
Venue: Partners with Melanesian Inc. Conference Room
2. Thursday, November 28th – A regional meeting of Melanesian and Pacific Island members of International Parliamentarians for West Papua (IPWP). An expert in international law, Ms. Jennifer Robinson will run sessions with regional parliamentarians with the aim of familiarizing regional law-makers about the legal justifications for the support of West Papuan rights to self-determination from Indonesian colonial rule
3. Sunday, December 1st – “Freedom Walk” in Port Moresby, and in PNG. In solidarity with other citizens globally, the “Freedom Walk” will take place here in Port Moresby. The procession will begin at 6pm from the Unagi Oval (in Gordons suburb) to the NCDC City Hall. Women and Church groups are also organized to participate in this event, together with the cultural singing groups. At the City Hall, the Morning Star will be raised. This occasion of December 1, 2013 will also include the official launching and opening of Free West Papua Campaign (PNG Chapter) office.
For more information contact the following: Mr. Benny Wenda (Phone: 7393 7497) or Mr. Fred Mambrasar (Phone: 73338259) or Mr. Tony Fofoe (Phone: 7049 4380).