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Papua New Guinea: Jubilee Australia report says proposed legislation to amend Bougainville's mining laws could undermine human rights & environment

A report by?Jubilee Australia alleges that proposed legislation before?Bougainville's parliament to amend mining laws?could potentially??remove landowner consent and environmental controls.


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10 June 2020

NGO highlights violations of Bougainville landowner rights

Author: Radio New Zealand

10 June 2020

An environmental watchdog, Jubilee Australia, says three pieces of legislation still before the Bougainville parliament could remove landowner consent and environmental controls.

The recorded broadcast is available?here.

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10 June 2020

Planned Bougainville mining laws undermine rights - NGO

Author: Radio New Zealand

10 June 2020

An Australia NGO says mining legislation before the Bougainville parliament could undermine human rights and environmental controls.


Jubilee's executive director Luke Fletcher said the proposed legislation was ambiguous and vague.

"If there is vagueness, it may not be the intention of the vagueness to be able to be taken advantage of, but if there is vagueness it can give the executive officials the ability to take advantage of it, even if there are different people who come into power and take advantage."


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2 June 2020

Blank cheque: The risk of proposed amendments to Bougainville's Mining Act

Author: Jubilee Australia Research Centre

3 June 2020


In 2019, proposals were made by the Autonomous Bougainville Government to amend Bougainville’s mining laws.

The new legislation aims to develop a new mining regime in Bougainville that grants ‘Special Bougainville Exploration Licences’ or ‘Special Bougainville Mining Leases’, to a new ‘Special Bougainville Entity’.


If the legislation is passed, the new regime would effectively override current legislative requirements and protections available to communities and the environment under the current Act.

Rights that could be potentially violated by this proposed legislation include the rights to:

  • adequate food and housing;
  • water;
  • work;
  • be free from arbitrary or unlawful interference with privacy, family and home;
  • the rights of indigenous people to cultural integrity and associated protections with respect to their land;
  • rights to self-determination;
  • free, prior and informed consent;
  • the right to life.

The amendments also do not adequately protect landowners’ rights to free, prior and informed consent....

The amendments may also violate various principles of international environmental law, certain human rights and environmental treaties and principles of customary international law.


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