PAPUA New Guinea national government through its responsible agencies and authorities
must act quickly to resettle the volcano affected victims of Manam Island in Madang and Kadovar Island of East Sepik to ensure they regain some hope to start a new life.
It was no one’s fault.
Their livelihood was destroyed and altered by natural disaster in which we humans can’t comprehend and control.
However, the state as the custodian, you are duty bound under all circumstances to promote better living standards and protect your citizens when faced by such calamities.
The prolong delay in addressing permanent resettlement and rehabilitation is against human rights laws.
Every human being on the face of this earth has the fundamental rights to access or have basic education, decent employment, better health care, clean water, food etc.
This act of human rights violation can be reported to the United Nation Human Rights Council in which PNG is also a member state.
People are dying of hunger, kid’s rights to education have been altered, ethnic clashes resulting in many deaths and many more.
This in-house issues PNG national government can’t handle will surely attract international condemnation especially United Nation Human Rights Council (UNHRC).
We have heard and talked about international human rights abuses, the news abroad making headlines of refugees and migrants seeking better living conditions from other countries, unfortunately without realising that we too have our own internal refugee issue here.
Why is our government so slack and weak in fast tracking all this?
The UNHRC whose mission is to promote and protect human rights around the world can be invited to assess the situation if our responsible authorities fail to speed up the restoration processes.
According to former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, all victims to human rights abuses should be able to look to the human rights council as a forum and a springboard for possible action.
The UNHRC investigates allegations of breaches of human rights in UN member states.
PNG is one of them.
Hanam Bill Sandu
For the victims