UPNG Students to file new application

Lawyer representing the University of Papua New Guinea President Kenneth Rapa and the Student Representative Council will file a fresh application on Friday seeking to refrain police on campus.

Robbie Yansion told Loop PNG outside the Waigani Court house this afternoon he will file a fresh application before the National Court tomorrow.

He made these comments after Justice David Cannings refused an application sought by the students seeking restraining orders against Police being stationed at the UPNG campus.

Yansion said they will be seeking the same orders sought today which were refused due to lack of evidence before the court.

On May 17 he filed a Human Rights Enforcement application seeking to restraining vice-chancellor Prof. Albert Mellam, the UPNG Senate, Police Commissioner Gari Baki and his officers from interfering with the rights of students to assemble and hold forums on campus.

The students have been holding peaceful protests for the past two weeks however Tuesday this week saw Police moving into campus on request of the university’s administration.

The application was also seeking interim orders restraining Commissioner Baki from stationing his ‘armed officers’ on the campus which has been seen as a way of suppressing students’ rights and  from raising their views, and for the court to order Commissioner Baki to recall his armed men and the 50 plus vehicles from the UPNG campus within an hour.

Justice Cannings refused the application however said they are at liberty to come back to court with evidence supporting their Originating Summons process.

He further said if fresh application is filed, the notice of motion must be served to the responding parties for an opportunity to appear and address the court.

(Caption: Yansion outside Court today).

Sally Pokiton