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O’Neill’s illegal logging: 735 days and counting…

June 29, 2015 Leave a comment

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There has still been NO ACTION to cancel the huge SABL land grab, revoke the unlawful leases or stop the illegal logging in Papua New Guinea.

It is now 735 days, more than two years, since Prime Minister Peter O’Neill was told that the SABL leases were unlawful and should be cancelled.

On June 24, 2013 O’Neill was given the reports of the SABL Commission Inquiry which detail the widespread fraud and mismanagement used by foreign logging companies to gain illegal access to over 5 million hectares of land.

O’Neill has REPEATEDLY STATED the leases will be canceled and illegal logging stopped.

In September 2013 O’Neill told Parliament:

“We will no longer watch on as foreign owned companies come in and con our landowners, chop down our forests and then take the proceeds offshore”

In June 2014, announcing an NEC decision cancelling the leases, O’Neill said

“We are taking these steps to reclaim our customary land illegally lost to foreigners with the help of corrupt public servants and leaders”

“As a responsible government we want to ensure that all citizens have access to the lands of their ancestors. We will not allow our land to be lost to unscrupulous people out to con our people” 

Most recently O’Neill promised a new Task Force to look at the Commission of Inquiry recommendations, but, WE ARE STILL WAITING for the leases to be cancelled and the logging stopped.

For 735 days O’Neill has failed to ensure the SABL leases are revoked and he has been complicit in the illegal logging of our forests by foreign logging companies.

Crucially he has failed to take any action to remove the corrupt public servants responsible for the land grab or distance himself from the politicians, including key Minister’s, complicit in the illegal deals and who are now blocking any positive action to revoke the leases and stop the logging.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has aided and abetted the theft of logs worth hundreds of million of kina and the destruction of thousands of hectares of pristine forest.

Peter O'Neill: Theft of forest resources: Guilty

Log exports reach new peak despite government promises

June 29, 2015 1 comment

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Papua New Guinea’s raw log exports reached a new high in 2014 despite numerous government policies on sustainable development, increasing downstream processing, ending round log exports and canceling the SABL leases.

Much of the increase in log exports has come from clear-fell logging in Special Agriculture and Business Lease area – something the Commission of Inquiry described as illegal and which the government promised to stop in 2013.

In 2014 log exports reached 3.8 million cubic metres, after growing steadily from 2.3 million in 2005.

In all 30% of log exports were from areas logged under Forest Clearance Authorities issued under SABL. The logging in these areas is being allowed to continue despite the clear evidence these land/resource deals were illegal, particularly as as they are not based on the approval of the customary land owners, and there was certainly no free and informed consent.

Nearly all the logs, some 88% or 3.34 million cubic metres, was shipped to China for domestic use and re-export as processed timber and finished products.

Taun is the timber with the largest export volume recorded (around 16% of the total) followed by kwila (8%).

West New Britain is the largest source of logs exports – accounting for 23% of the total – followed by East New Britain (18%, largely from SABLs). Then West Sepik (17%).

The largest single logging project, by far, is Rimbunan Hijau’s Sigite Mukus operation, in East New Britain. This is an SABL/FCA under the company name Gilford Limited.

With the SABLs, why does the Govt continue to take no action to support the landowners, when foreign-owned enterprises (in bed with some local leaders) have been handed hundreds of millions of kina of assets belonging to our own citizens, for virtually nothing?

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O’Neill’s illegal logging: 728 days and counting…

June 22, 2015 Leave a comment

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There has still been NO ACTION to cancel the huge SABL land grab, revoke the unlawful leases or stop the illegal logging in Papua New Guinea.

It is now 728 days since Prime Minister Peter O’Neill was told that the SABL leases were unlawful and should be cancelled.

On June 24, 2013 O’Neill was given the reports of the SABL Commission Inquiry which detail the widespread fraud and mismanagement used by foreign logging companies to gain illegal access to over 5 million hectares of land.

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O’Neill has REPEATEDLY STATED the leases will be canceled and illegal logging stopped.

In September 2013 O’Neill told Parliament:

“We will no longer watch on as foreign owned companies come in and con our landowners, chop down our forests and then take the proceeds offshore”

In June 2014, announcing an NEC decision cancelling the leases, O’Neill said

“We are taking these steps to reclaim our customary land illegally lost to foreigners with the help of corrupt public servants and leaders”

“As a responsible government we want to ensure that all citizens have access to the lands of their ancestors. We will not allow our land to be lost to unscrupulous people out to con our people” 

Most recently O’Neill promised a new Task Force to look at the Commission of Inquiry recommendations, but, WE ARE STILL WAITING for the leases to be cancelled and the logging stopped.

For 728 days O’Neill has failed to ensure the SABL leases are revoked and he has been complicit in the illegal logging of our forests by foreign logging companies.

Crucially he has failed to take any action to remove the corrupt public servants responsible for the land grab or distance himself from the politicians, including key Minister’s, complicit in the illegal deals and who are now blocking any positive action to revoke the leases and stop the logging.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has aided and abetted the theft of logs worth hundreds of million of kina and the destruction of thousands of hectares of pristine forest.

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O’Neill’s illegal logging: 723 days and counting

June 17, 2015 Leave a comment

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Peter O'Neill: Theft of forest resources: Guilty

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New radio advertisement targets PM to push on cancelation of fraudulent leases

June 10, 2015 Leave a comment

From Act Now!

A new radio advertisement calling for an end to illegal SABL logging has hit the airwaves in PNG.

This advert is sponsored by ACT NOW! and is currently playing on the popular YumiFM radio station.

Stop the SABL land grab now!!

Fraudulent agricultural leases have been used to steal over 5 million hectares of forest from customary owners. That is over 10% of PNG’s total land area.

When will the PM Peter O’Neill revoke the leases and stop the SABLs?

ACTNOW! and restore customary land to its owners!

This message is AUTHORISED by ACT NOW

O’Neill’s illegal logging: 714 days and counting..

June 8, 2015 1 comment

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There has still been NO ACTION to cancel the huge SABL land grab, revoke the unlawful leases or stop the illegal logging in Papua New Guinea.

It is now 714 days since Prime Minister Peter O’Neill was told that the SABL leases were unlawful and should be cancelled.

On June 24, 2013 O’Neill was given the reports of the SABL Commission Inquiry which detail the widespread fraud and mismanagement used by foreign logging companies to gain illegal access to over 5 million hectares of land.

O’Neill has REPEATEDLY STATED the leases will be canceled and illegal logging stopped.

In September 2013 O’Neill told Parliament:

“We will no longer watch on as foreign owned companies come in and con our landowners, chop down our forests and then take the proceeds offshore”

In June 2014, announcing an NEC decision cancelling the leases, O’Neill said

“We are taking these steps to reclaim our customary land illegally lost to foreigners with the help of corrupt public servants and leaders”

“As a responsible government we want to ensure that all citizens have access to the lands of their ancestors. We will not allow our land to be lost to unscrupulous people out to con our people” 

Most recently O’Neill promised a new Task Force to look at the Commission of Inquiry recommendations, but, WE ARE STILL WAITING for the leases to be cancelled and the logging stopped.

For 714 days O’Neill has failed to ensure the SABL leases are revoked and he has been complicit in the illegal logging of our forests by foreign logging companies.

Crucially he has failed to take any action to remove the corrupt public servants responsible for the land grab or distance himself from the politicians, including key Minister’s, complicit in the illegal deals and who are now blocking any positive action to revoke the leases and stop the logging.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has aided and abetted the theft of logs worth hundreds of million of kina and the destruction of thousands of hectares of pristine forest.

Peter O'Neill: Theft of forest resources: Guilty

Another twist to the SABL scandal: hundreds of illegal foreign workers

June 7, 2015 Leave a comment

Not only have foreign logging companies gained access to millions of hecatres of forest using fraudulent agriculture leases, they have imported hundreds of foreign workers to clearfell the forests

150 illegal workers have been deported from just one SABL area…

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Papua New Guinea has deported 130 Indonesians for lacking necessary permits to work at several timber companies. (Reuters Photo/Tarmizy Harva)

Papua New Guinea deports 150 illegal migrants to Indonesia

From the Big News Network (IANS)

Nearly 150 illegal migrants have been deported from Papua New Guinea to Indonesia, sources said on Friday.

An official told the state-run daily Post Courier that the migrants in West Sepik Province were working for a palm-oil company without proper permits for up to two years.

Customs officials confirmed the report but did not disclose any further details, Xinhua news agency reported.

“Most Asians have been entering the country as tourists and are often found to be illegal immigrants brought into PNG to perform jobs which nationals are capable of doing,” the official said.

In May, the PNG Attorney General Ano Pala sought ratification of an extradition treaty between PNG and Indonesia to help prosecute cross-boarder crimes.

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PNG Deports 130 Indonesian Migrant Workers

By Roberth I Vanwi in the Jakarta Globe

An Indonesian official in Vanimo, Papua New Guinea revealed on Friday that 130 nationals working for several timber companies have been deported back to Indonesia via the Skow-Wurung region in Papua due to immigration violations, including incomplete work permits.

“At this time they are already in Indonesia. Most of those deported come from Indonesia, but there are also many workers from Malaysia and the Philippines,” Elmar Lubis said.

He added that although the migrant workers have been deported by the PNG government, the companies involved would bear all costs for repatriation, including salaries and transportation.

Based on information received, the Indonesians had violated immigration rules by using business visas while working for timber companies in Vanimo, PNG.

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Islands in focus: PNG deports 136 Indonesians 

Source: The Jakarta Post

The Papua New Guinea (PNG) government has deported 136 Indonesian citizens for misusing their visas, alleging that the Indonesians entered the country on business visas but were working for timber companies.

The Indonesian Consul in Vanimo, Elmar Lubis, said that all of the deported Indonesian citizens had been working at lumber companies owned by a Malaysian businessman in Sandaun province.

“All the deportation costs were charged to the company. [The deportees] are currently in Jayapura and are set to be sent to their respective hometowns,” Elmar said in Jayapura on Friday.

Staff from the Indonesian Consulate in Vanimo, Elmar added, accompanied the deportees when they were sent home on Thursday.

“They weren’t deported for any wrongdoing, but for administrative issues. The company that hired them was slow to arrange licenses,” he said.

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Illegals out

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Indonesians kicked out in border ops

BY DENYSE KALAU, Post Courier

ABOUT 150 illegal immigrants have been deported out of Wutung border post in West Sepik Province to Indonesia.

This was done yesterday through a successful joint operation by PNG Customs Service, Foreign Affairs and Immigration, and Labour and Industrial Relations departments with the support of police and Papua New Guinea Defence Force soldiers.

Customs confirmed the report but could not give further details.

Wutung village councillor Raphael Tungla told the Post-Courier that the operation along the border has resulted in the repatriation of 150 illegal immigrants, 12 of them women.

“These illegal immigrants have been working without proper working permits for an oil palm company in the province at the time of their deportation,” the councilor said.

Mr Tungla said these people were employed by the company at different times with the longest serving term of more than two years.

“Most Asians have been entering the country as tourists are often found to be illegal immigrants brought into PNG to perform jobs which nationals are capable of doing” he said.

Mr Tungla said as the leader of the community, he sees that more attention needs to given on border issues.

The people want effective and proper security measures taken to minimise all illegal smuggling of goods, firearms and human beings into the border.

This exercise is the first of its kind in the province and all credit goes back to each of the agencies involved for taking the lead to address the illegal activities happening along the border.

Mr Tungla said such illegal activity is not only happening in Vanimo but also in other parts of the country.

Mr Tungla commended all the agencies for efforts in delivering a successful operation that has seen the repatriating of these immigrants back to Indonesia, Philippines and Malaysia.

It is not known if they have been deported already.

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