PNG must submit reports on rights treaties

Papua New Guinea must submit its reports on the rectified human rights treaties, says UN Office of the Human Rights Commission (OHCHR) human rights adviser, Kedar Poudyal.

There are six core human rights treaties rectified by PNG, including the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, Convention on the Rights of the Child and Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Poudyal revealed during a workshop on gender and human rights yesterday that the implementation of the agreements is not up to the point that is satisfactory.

Poudyal explained that all reports are due to be submitted.

Government agencies need to work together because it is not only the responsibility of one department, such as Community Development, but all others like Health, Justice and Education.

“There’s a need for collaboration and coordination among departments that have to come together at some point of time when they start writing these reports.

“While implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals, government agencies have a responsibility to integrate human rights,” Poudyal said.

He added that government agencies have a role to apply human rights based approach in their planning and implementation programs.

Quintina Naime