"We declare our first goal to be for every person to be dynamically involved in the process of freeing himself or herself from every form of domination or oppression so that each man or woman will have the opportunity to develop as a whole person in relationship with others".

- Papua New Guinea National Goals and Directive Principles

Monday, 1 November 2010

Human Rights Watch Raise Concerns Over Police Deployment

LNGWATCH: This letter to the editor, features in the NY Times (31/10/10)

To the Editor:
In One of World’s Poorest Corners, a Flood of Wealth and Worry” (front page, Oct 26) cited the return of police forces to lawless areas of Papua New Guinea as a positive effect of ExxonMobil’s operations there. But Papua New Guinea’s police force has a record of corruption and abuse. With near-total impunity, members of the force have beaten and tortured criminal suspects and raped female detainees.
Large multinational companies like ExxonMobil often rely on the police for protection in Papua New Guinea, but their protectors also prey on local communities. Police forces deployed near a gold mine run by Barrick, a Canadian company, burned a village to the ground last year, and officers allegedly raped three teenage girls in June.
ExxonMobil has publicly committed itself to follow principles designed to prevent such abuses. Unless the company succeeds, the police presence that has appeared alongside its operations may soon emerge as yet another source of local discontent.
Chris Albin-Lackey
Senior Researcher, Business
and Human Rights Program
Human Rights Watch
New York, Oct. 26, 2010

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