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Violence Abhorred

By : The National

 

PRIME Minister Peter O’Neill has voiced the nation’s outrage at the “unacceptable” torture and killings of women and girls accused of practising sorcery, as another mother died yesterday.

He referred to the men behind the torture and killing of women and girls as “cowards” whose actions were “pathetic and perverted”.

The outpouring of shock and outrage was sparked by the torture two weeks ago in Enga of the six-year-old daughter of Kepari Leniata, the women stripped and burnt to death in public in Mt Hagen in 2013.

The perpetrators believed that sanguma was hereditary and passed from the mother to the daughter. “Let’s be clear. Sanguma beliefs are absolute rubbish,” O’Neill said.

“In the modern day, sanguma is not a real cultural practice.
“It is a false belief and involves the violent abuse and torture of women and girls by pathetic and perverted individuals.

“The men behind these murders are cowards who are looking for someone to blame because of their own failure in life. These violent acts are against our values as a nation and are completely unacceptable.”

“In the case of the young girl who was recently attacked in Enga, we are grateful for the brave people who gave her first aid and took her to a safe location.”

O’Neill said community leaders who allowed the abuse to continue “are just as bad as the men who carry out the crimes”. “As a Christian nation, these abuses are also an attack on our religion,” O’Neill said.

“That goes against all the teachings of the church.
“The Christian faith that we share teaches us to love one another and uphold the rights of the young and the weak.

“In churches around our country, I call on leaders to discuss this issue and how you would deal with this violence if it was tried in your communities.”

The prime minister said the Government would continue to work with the churches, people and police “to end these false beliefs and protect the lives of all Papua New Guineans”.

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PNG Thanks China

By : Post Courier

China assists national government in development

The Government has thanked the Government of China for its continued development assistance to Papua New Guinea.

National Planning and Monitoring Minister Richard Maru, met Chinese Ambassador, Xue Bing, this week and thanked the Chinese government for its support through its development aid program.

Mr Maru is also responsible for development assistance with responsibilities comprising the mobilisation of development assistance from other countries.

He acknowledged the recent support of the government of China to the Papua New Guinea Defence Force when it gave 62 military vehicles, worth K17.5 million.

He said the government of PNG will be requesting further financial assistance from China for the upgrade of roads, the upcoming APEC leaders’ summit which will be hosted in the country on 2018.

“This is especially for the city roads in Port Moresby and the convention centre.

“For APEC we are also seeking further assistance for the PNG Defence Force through their civil action program,” Mr Maru said.

He has also supported calls by the Rai Coast district in Madang Province – host of the Ramu Sugar project and the wharf and processing plant for the world-class Ramu Nickel mine – to appeal to the Chinese government to focus some of its development aid into the district.

“Our Government is keen to see the development of the road from Erima junction to Saidor station including building bridges across the rivers from Erima to the station”, he said.

With the Pacific Marine Industrial Zone (PMIZ) project being built by a Chinese company, minister Maru is also requesting for China to fund more economic development projects to help build the economy of for the province.

 

 

Acting PM Condemns Domestic Violence

BY NELLIE SETEPANO ( Post Courier )

 

Acting Prime Minister Charles Abel has condemned the ongoing occurrences of violence against women throughout Papua New Guinea.

“One of the important aspects that is affecting our culture today, one that is very upsetting and disturbing, is the violence that we continue to perpetuate against our women, particularly the violence that is happening in Papua New Guinea today, related to sorcery.

“This is happening throughout PNG, and I want to say, very clearly, that this is not part of our culture.

“The violence and the suppression of our women is not part of our culture,” he said,

He said using the excuse of sorcery, where men pick on old, vulnerable ladies, like widows, because they have some excuse or problems in their minds, they blame old, defenseless ladies is not PNG culture.

“It is only an act of cowardice, where Papua New Guinean men stand around and watch while other men torture old ladies, widows and young women, is not Papua New Guinea – that is a sick culture.

“Therefore, I want to condemn these actions, in the strongest and highest way possible. Those who perpetuate such violence against women are not men – they are cowards and bullies. If you are men, go pick on another man,” he said.

“I want those cowards to be stopped and the law to hold them to account. I am not proud to be a Papua New Guinean, when I see a Papua New Guinean man doing that to a Papua New Guinean lady,” he said.

He said such behavior is completely unacceptable and the government and all of us must do everything in our power to eradicate it.

Men Need to Stand Up to Prevent Violence Against Women

Men Need to Stand Up to Prevent Violence Against Women
PM Calls for Communities and Churches to Show Leadership

Approved for Release: 25 October 2017
Office of the Prime Minister
Papua New Guinea

 

Communities must stand up against any act of violence against women, and Churches must take a leading role in protecting victims and exposing violent men.

This is the message from the Prime Minster, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, to community and church leaders, as well as male family members who he said have a natural responsibility to protect their mothers, daughters and sisters.

“A man is a coward if he thinks it is ok to hit a woman, these abusers would not have the courage to hit a man who was bigger than they are, but they hit a woman who is smaller,” the Prime Minister said.

“We have enacted laws to prevent violence against women, but no Government in any country can stop violence against women without the active support of communities.

“There must be zero tolerance in our nation for violence against women, and community leaders must do more to help victims rather than supporting perpetrators.

“Community leaders are not truly leaders if they turn a blind eye to violence against women.

“Every human life matters and must be protected, and domestic violence is totally unacceptable.

“Any community or Church leader who turns a blind eye to even a single case of violence against women has let their people down, and has abandoned the Christian principles our Nation holds dear.”

The Prime Minister further called on the men in families to take a stand against any violence they see.

“I also appeal to the sons of our nation, if your Father beats your Mother you have to show that you are a man and stand up for your Mother.

“Your Mother gave you life, now you must protect her life and show gratitude for her commitment to you.

“The same goes for all the men in families, to brothers, uncles, and other male family members, do not turn a blind eye.”

The Prime Minister said the National Government will increase public awareness aimed at preventing domestic violence. This will be undertaken alongside the commitment of increased resources for police and courts to deal with violent men, as well as increased support for the victims of violence.

Transport Ministers Arrive

BY GORETHY KENNETH ( Post Courier )

 

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill is set to officially open the 10th Transport Ministerial Meeting tomorrow, the first of the 200 meetings leading up to the main event in November, 2018.

By yesterday afternoon, about nine country ministers had arrived in PNG, and the rest will arrive today in time for the meeting tomorrow.Yesterday morning, two F/A-18 Super Hornets from Australia arrived in Port Moresby for a showdown before returning to Townsville, where they started their journey.

PM O’Neill was scheduled to welcome them at the airport, but instead, Transport Minister Wesley Nukundj did the honours.

Mr O’Neill, who is also Minster responsible for APEC, in an earlier message, said hosting APEC involves a joint security operation with partners, including Australia, with security elements including jets and co-operation for land and maritime security.

“As PNG prepares to host the APEC Summit in November 2018, more than 200 lead-up meetings will take place beginning with the APEC Transportation Minister’s Meeting in Port Moresby on Friday,” PM O’Neill said.

“Two F/A-18 Super Hornets from the Royal Australian Air Force will visit Port Moresby for a demonstration of capability and a briefing, and then on departure will do a flyover of Ela Beach for the public to see.

“As we move closer to the APEC Summit, our security co-operation with our partner will continue to increase.

“APEC is one of the most important multilateral forums in the world today, involving the leaders of countries that account for more than half of global trade.

“Ensuring the highest level of security is a priority for the Government and the Papua New Guinea APEC Authority as we advance preparations.

“We are looking forward to the demonstration from the F/A-18 Super Hornets, and we thank our friends in Australia for their ongoing support to ensure a successful APEC Papua New Guinea 2018.”

The Transportation Working Group (TPTWG) has a clearly defined set of priority action areas based on the 2006 Leaders’ Declaration, the 2016, and the 10th Transportation Ministerial Meeting in Papua New Guinea will add to these priorities:

– Aggressive road safety strategies tailored to the special circumstances of each economy.

-Prioritise the harmonisation of security measures, noting that differences in security processes across the region have implications for both passengers and industry, and in particular to work together on mass transit security measures.

-Help developing economies comply with global security requirements such as the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code.

-Develop timetables and strategies to work towards the liberalisation of air services.

-Work together on a balanced package of options for addressing greenhouse gas emissions from aviation.

Jets Roar into City

BY GORETHY KENNETH ( Post Courier )

Port Moresby residents were entertained with the roar of two of the world’s most advanced jet fighters that flew in yesterday morning as part of the APEC 2018 preparations.

Government leaders and security forces were at the PNGDF Air Transport Wing early yesterday to welcome the two F/A-18 Super Hornets, which flew in from Townsville. Present apart from media were Minister for Transport Wesley Nukundj, APEC PNG Secretary General Sir Charles Lepani, Police Commissioner Gari Baki, PNG Defence Force hierarchy, police personnel and Australian Defence Force officers, among others.

Two special people flew these super jets, Flight Lieutenant Clarky who was born in PNG and Flight Lieutenant Party, who had a short pilot training stint near the jungles of PNG and values the experience.

The F/A-18 Super Hornets flew in at 9:30 am into Port Moresby from Townsville, performed their vertical manoeuvres from a low-level/high-speed flight regime and flew over the APEC Haus at Ela Beach at 1:30 pm before returning to Australia.

Mr Nukundj, in his address, said the arrival of these jets signified the superb cooperation between PNG and Australia.

He also said that PNG was prepared to host the APEC in terms of security preparations with assistance from Australia.

Sir Charles Lepani, on the other hand, said having been in Australia for 12 years as Papua New Guinea’s High Commissioner: “I know the Australia PNG Defence Cooperation Treaty is one of the most excellent examples of our cooperation apart from other treaties that we have.

“The elegant flyover is an amazing expression of that friendship we both share.”

Police Commissioner Gari Baki, the chairman of the Joint Security Task Force on APEC, also welcomed the F/A-18 Super Hornets and thanked the Australian Government for their support and assistance.

Highway Blocked

PC Online

BY PEARSON KOLO

The Highlands Highway was completely blocked as of 8pm on Tuesday at Chuave, Chimbu Province, leaving hundreds of cargo trucks stranded in Goroka, EHP.

The Chuave section of the highway was blocked by relatives of Constable Alex Kopa, a policeman of the Chimbu Province-based mobile squad, MS06, who was killed in Wabag, Enga Province, during the recent National Election who wanted a fitting compensation from the State.

The locals ordered the cargo trucks to return to where they came from or their cargoes would be looted. The blockade stopped PMV buses and private vehicles using the Highlands Highway yesterday.

A truck driver, Willie Nick who was forced to turn back at Chuave on Tuesday morning said that road blocks of the Highlands Highway always put lives of drivers at risk.

Mr Nick said this issue should be addressed through appropriate channels and people should not take the law into their own hands. “This is also affecting the lives of people who are not part of the death of the policeman, who we all feel sorry for.

“The government must look at this issue seriously and address it with respect and accordingly so that it will not spill over and affect innocent people who are using the national highway.”

Police in Chimbu and Eastern Highlands provinces said they are working closely with the locals in Chuave to ask them to open the highway.

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