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From Radio New Zealand

The Governor of Papua New Guinea's Oro Province, Gary Juffa, says the country's new anti-graft commission must be truly independent if it is to work.

The Peter O'Neill-led government has passed legislation to create an Independent Commission Against Corruption.

This comes as the Pomio MP Paul Tiensten was jailed for nine years hard labour this month over the misuse of three point eight million US dollars in public funds.

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Posted by rait man

From Radio New Zealand

A former governor of Papua New Guinea's East New Britain province, Francis Koimanrea, has urged the government to scrap the controversial Special Agricultural Business Lease system.

Under the SABL concept, over 70 long term land leases around PNG have been issued on behalf of landowners to foreign investors purportedly for agriculture projects but in effect mainly for logging.

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“The days of illegal logging and land grabbing are over in Oro Province!”

From PNG Village

This was the warning given by Oro Governor Garry Juffa, to companies and individuals intending to develop natural resources of Oro or engage in agricultural projects.

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Dr Thomas Webster

I AM EXPRESSING my grave concern over the views expressed by Politicians regarding the comments and views made by researchers and academics, with a view to silencing them.

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The announcement below taken from the website of the Malaysian Stock exchange shows how foreign companies are continuing to do deals over land stolen from the people of PNG in the SABL land grab while Prime Minister Peter O'Neill refuses to do anything to implement the Commission of Inquiry recommendation that the unlawful leases be revoked...

From Bursa Malaysia

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From Radio Australia

A new report on logging in Papua New Guinea by leading British think-tank Chatham House has found illegal practices are widespread and transparency in the industry is among the worst in the world.

While Chathan House found PNG's indigenous landowners have uniquely strong customary rights it says these are not being enforced.

Presenter: Jemima Garrett

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By Melissa Martin in the Post Courier

The delay in executing the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry into the controversial special agricultural business leases (SABL) has prompted landowners to protest.

Landowners from the areas of Pomata and Ralopal in East New Britain Province expressed their concerns in a peaceful protest last week.

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While PNG Prime Minister Peter O'Neill sits on his hands refusing to cancel unlawful SABL leases and stop illegal logging, the Oro Provincial government is standing with its people against the Malaysian led land grab.

In a statement issued overnight, Oro Governor Gary Juffa has again committed his government to assist landowners:

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By PNG Eco-Forestry Forum

Customary landowners across Papua New Guinea (PNG) have lost over 5.2 million hectares of their land to foreign owned companies supposedly for Agro-forestry projects through the controversial Special Agricultural Business Leases (SABLs) and have long waited for the government to decide on the fate of their land through the implementation of the SABL Commission of Inquiry (COI) recommendations.

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From EMTV news

Over four-hundred villagers from Pomata and Ralopal Special Agricultural Lease (SABL) areas marched from Palmalmal District Headquarters to the District Chambers with banners and placards. 

The peaceful demonstration was aimed at the landowner company.

Video: 

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