Advocate calls for set up of Human Rights Commission in PNG

By Louisah Frank – EM TV News, Port Moresby

A human rights advocate is calling on the government to set up a Human Rights Commission in the nation’s capital.

Matilda Pilacapio said current human rights abuses have highlighted the urgent need of a Human Rights Commission.

Matilda Pilacapio, an Environment and Human Rights advocate, is calling on the government to have a Human Rights Commission in place.

She said PNG has been politically independent for 40 years; however, to date the country has no Human Rights Commission.

Pilacapio says the country is especially in need of a human rights commission because Papua New Guineans’ rights are being denied at the grassroot level by those in higher places.

Matilda says the first step towards establishing a Human Rights Commission is for the government to pass a Bill of Human Rights Laws to be included in the PNG Constitution.

On the eve of the New Year, Pilacapio acknowledged the government for all they have done and challenged them to take this year’s challenges as a stepping stone for next year.

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