PNGs Human Rights Ranked Poorly

By Quinton Alomp – EM TV, Port Moresby

The human rights status in Papua New Guinea has been ranked very poorly by the Human Rights World Report 2015.

The report described PNG as one of the most dangerous place for women to live in.

It highlights the government’s failure to enforce legal protections against women who suffer from accusations of sorcery and related deaths, wife bashing, discrimination and unequal access to education services.

The 656-pages world report, 25th edition, assesses human rights performance in more than 90 countries and ranked PNG’s poor indicators as “one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a woman…..”

Reports of gender inequality, wife bashing, corruption and excessive use of force by the police were among pressing human rights concerns highlighted.

The Human Rights World Report 2015 pointed out that such incidents and abuses rises around corruption, mining and the asylum seeker’s rivalry last year that resulted in one detainee being killed.

Women in PNG faces violence almost every day, the report stated. Rates of family and sexual violence are among the highest in the world.

However, perpetrators are rarely prosecuted. The report pointed out that access to courts, legal services and police is still narrow. The government has to tighten up laws, and bring perpetrators to justice.

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