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Human cost of Paga Hill demolition captured in powerful new music video

December 18, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments
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  1. Kris
    December 18, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    A truly beautiful portrait of humanity and injustice!

    The people of Paga Hill, who have lived on the hill’s foreshore in Port Moresby for over half a century, are pitted in a David and Goliath battle against a developer, Paga Hill Development Company. PHDC is run by an Icelandic national, Gudmundur Fridriksson, along with an Australian fellow, George Hallit. They want the Paga Hill community gone, so they can build a luxury estate on the hill, after they acquired a state lease over the land under circumstances that have been questioned by a range of authorities.

    For example, in 2006 the Public Accounts Committee alleged that PHDC’s lease over Paga Hill was acquired through “corrupt dealings”. The Public Accounts Committee then goes on to describe PHDC as a “private, foreign speculator with no ability to even pay the Land Rental, much less build anything on the site”.

    Other inquires by the Auditor General’s Office (AGO) and Public Accounts Committee have probed the past of PHDC executives, including its Chairman, Gudmundur Fridriksson, and its Director, George Hallit. Together these two men ran a consultancy firm CCS Anvil.

    The AGO claims when working as an agent for the Public Curator’s Office, CCS Anvil “withheld a significant amount of monies it has received from the proceeds of the realisation of assets of deceased estates, including sale of properties, shares and investment and rent…The AGO can find no evidence that any money realised by Anvil on behalf of estates has been paid into the Estate Trust Account”.

    The AGO also allege that CCS Anvil’s Papua New Guinea principal was certifying government payments to his own firm, for as much as K500,000. These findings were followed up, and confirmed, by the Public Accounts Committee in 2006.

    CCS Anvil was also censured in two other Public Accounts Committee reports and an AGO investigation.

    If you want to show your support for the Paga Hill people, you can get in touch through their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/thepharproject

    If you are interested in the history of their struggle see:

    http://statecrime.org/online_article/the-demolition-of-paga-hill-a-report-by-the-international-state-crime-initiative/

    http://statecrime.org/online_article/not-just-criminals-a-response-to-the-paga-hill-development-company/

  2. F'kay
    December 26, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    If anyone, including dubious foreign nationals can get away with something like this in a land where cultural and communal norms and precepts always protects and stands up for everyone then PNG and its leadership has completely lost its noodle.

    Justice, without the legal jargon and paraphernalia, in it’s purest sense means fairness and fair play. It means not doing unto others what others wouldn’t do unto you. Of course in the impersonal and inward world of the civilized West where individual rights are often treaded upon in favor of commercial considerations and prerogatives this is the price that is oftentimes paid for the so called freedom, liberty and western democracy.

    Why is it that our leaders from politicians to bureaucrats to clergy are too ready to hang their heads low in shame and their brains out of their skull cavities in indifference and laziness when a weak and meek group struggling to live day by day are trodden on and trampled upon by and Icelander and an Aussie crony whose interests are purely wealth, money and material comfort.

    Where is Somare? O’Neil? Polye, Parkop & Malabag? Where is (or was) Morauta? And where is the Catholic Church that has borne its influence to bear on despicable and unjust acts of humans against fellow humans in the past? Where are the Unions that often purport to represent and speak on behalf of the disadvantaged masses?

    The fight was left to a lone female voice of reason – who isn’t even an original PNGn – to take it up to the police and the passive onlookers.

    None of what happened and what is going on would happen without the knowledge and tacit support of the people high up, the same people that are in a position to find some sensible solution that would not leave the dwellers high and dry – and worse off than destitute.

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