The landgrabbers are coming back in power after the election!June 15 2012 at 1:08 PM
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BELDEN NAMAH IS ONE OF THE LAND GRABBERS, HIS MONEY IS MADE ON THE BACK OF A LAND GRABBING SABL THAT LEAVES THE PAPA GRAUNS WITH VIRTUALY NOTHING.
Thursday 14th June, 2012
Vote out land - grabbing leaders
GREENPEACE is calling on Papua New Guineans to study their conscience and vote for leaders who will fight for customary land rights and natural resources if elected.
Greenpeace forest campaigner Sam Moko based the call on the 10 per cent of customary land in PNG that had been given away to foreign companies for up to 99 years through Special Agriculture Business Leases (SABLs) facilitated and encouraged by politicians.
He asked the people also not to vote for leaders who are known to have sinister dealings with foreign companies intent on destroying PNG’s environment, land and social systems to profit from the country’s enormous natural resource wealth. Mr Moko asked voters to choose leaders who will fight to defend their land and forests from unsustainable and inequitable exploitation by foreign companies.
Mr Moko expressed satisfaction that the Commission of Inquiry into SABLs has completed its investigations and finalised its report, but warns that it must be tabled in Parliament soon after the formation of a new government and its recommendations must be implemented in full.
“Papua New Guinean’s should vote for leaders who will support the Commission of Inquiry’s recommendations and push the new government to implement them in full as soon as possible after a new government is formed,” Mr Moko said.
The activist said Greenpeace’s ship MY Esperanza went to the Pomio coastline, in East New Britain in October last year, to investigate and expose the controversial SABLs granted to Ribunan Hijau’s Gilford Holdings.
“Pomio is a classic example of the crisis happening around the country perpetrated by the SABL land grab, under which landowners are intimidated by police hired by logging companies and clan disputes arising from land boundaries issues are instigated resulting in social dislocation and community suffering,” Mr Moko said.
He said Greenpeace would like the new government to overturn all SABLs that are found to be fraudulently or illegally issued or issued against the wishes of the landowners. Moko also asked for the new government to seriously consider the recommendations contained in the CoI and make reforms to protect customary land and forests from being stolen by foreign-owned corporations.
Mr Moko expressed frustrations that respective government agencies responsible for foreign company sub-leases, unsuitable agriculture development plans, inappropriate environment permits and damaging forest clearance authorities have done nothing to address the SABL issue. He stressed that SABLs have allowed what appears to be unlawful logging to continue against the wishes of many customary owners.
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|June 19 2012, 4:47 PM |
Loani Henao (Moresby NW)
are amongst the biggest of the PNG land grabbers of customary land. STOP THEM!
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