And the journey and challenge continues 42 years on, says Davis Steven, the Minister for Justice & Attorney General.
He said the PNG constitution recognises not only the UN charters but also the principles of human rights and freedom.
A human rights commission is the current government’s show of commitment to this area.
“In the next few months, we want to be able to pass necessary legislations to create the human rights commission in this country. With the passage of body that is established specifically to monitor our obligation and to support and coordinate human rights, I’m sure we will make meaningful progress on behalf of our people,” said Steven.
He said PNG may have had struggles, but it is a nation determined to move forward.
The country has learnt a lot, and is still learning. And all that which already have been achieved would not have been possible without the international community and other key players, such as the media.
He noted the Film Festival currently underway, saying media, particularly films, is an effective medium to draw attention to human rights.
The festival, held at the Moresby Arts Theatre, ended on Sunday (Oct 15).