Human Rights

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Many Papua New Guineans do not know their rights under the United Nations Human rights charter.
This was relayed by PNG's very own Human rights advocator and the UN's 13th World Hero Augustine Brian.

 

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Sweden backs Pacific human rights programme

The agreement focuses on the SPC's Regional Rights Resource Team (RRRT) based in Suva.

The SPC said it was pleased the Swedish government shared its vision for a socially just and equitable Pacific and had matched that commitment with material action.

Anne-Charlotte Malm from Sweeden's Regional Asia and Pacific Embassy in Bangkok said Sweden was excited about the partnership.

PNG must fulfil human rights obligations

PNG has rectified some core conventions.

They’re the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, Rights of the Child and Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

PNG has also signed treaties for the core covenants on civil and political rights, racial discrimination and economic, social and cultural rights.

National Human Rights Officer Alithia Barampataz said that when a country rectifies a human rights convention it has to implement it at the domestic level.

Dept’s vital role in human rights obligations

National Human Rights Officer, Alithia Barampataz, says DfCDYR must take the lead in fulfilling PNG’s human rights obligations and that is to implement its rectified UN human rights treaties.

Barampataz highlighted that the portfolios under the department play a very big role in policy development, collecting information on the human rights treaty reports.

The portfolios include the disability section, gender development and human rights branch, Lukautim Pikinini Council and family welfare services.

PNG lacks human rights advocacy

Mokono was an active participant at a two-day human rights workshop that ended today in Port Moresby.

She was among 36 participants from various key Government partners, including the Department for Community Development, Youth and Religion (DfCDYR), Foreign Affairs, Justice and Attorney General, Constitutional Law Reform Commission and National Planning.

Mokono said human rights issues in our societies are an everyday occurrence. Responsible stakeholders need to understand the basic human rights and obligations that the country holds to implement policy goals.

Govt officials gain better understanding of UN treaties

Papua New Guinea has ratified six of the core human rights treaties. These include 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.

The workshop was hosted by the Department for Community Development, Youth and Religion (DfCDYR) in partnership with the UN Office of the Human Rights Commission (UNOHRC).

PNG must submit reports on rights treaties

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.

Dept to tackle gender, human rights issues

The workshop started today in Port Moresby.

It is hosted by the gender development and human rights branch of the Department for Community Development and Religion, in partnership with the UN Office of the Human Rights Commission (UNOHRC).

The aim of the workshop is to provide basic understanding of human rights and PNG’s human rights obligations to the Department’s staff and officers from other key Government departments.

Workshop on human rights to be held

The workshop is scheduled from June 19-20 at the Sambra Haus, Port Moresby.

It will be hosted by the gender development and human rights branch from the Department in partnership with the UN Office of the Human Rights Commission (UNOHRC).

The two-day in house induction training will focus on international treaties, conventions obligation and documentation processes on human rights.

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), human rights adviser Kedar Poudyal, says more needs to be done to address gender and human rights in PNG.

VIDEO: Calls for more human rights advocates

The rights inherent to human beings, whatever the nationality, place of residence, sex, national or ethnic origin, religion, language or any other status. We are all equally entitled to our human rights without discrimination.

The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner Human Rights is pushing likeminded youth, sporting reps and emerging leaders to reach out to peers and everyone in general to know their basic human rights.

 

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