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Several Pacific Countries Announce Bans on Single-Use Plastic Bags

(July 18, 2018) On July 11, 2018, it was reported that Niue was the latest Pacific Island country to announce a ban on single-use plastic bags, following the implementation of a similar ban in Vanuatu, and related announcements by Samoa and Papua New Guinea. (Niue Joins Growing Pacific Movement to Ban Plastics, RNZ (July 11, […]

Papua New Guinea: Changes to Marriage Laws to be Introduced

(Aug. 23, 2016) On August 22, 2016, it was reported that the Papua New Guinea government will soon introduce legislation to amend the country’s marriage and divorce laws.  (Nellie Setepano, PNG Marriage Laws to Be Amended as Part of Reform Bundle to Legally Recognize Traditional Marriage and Protect Minors, PNG POST-COURIER (Aug. 22, 2016).)  Two […]

Vanuatu: Amendments to Reserve Seats in Parliament for Women to Be Introduced

(May 27, 2016) On May 20, 2016, the Vanuatu Minister of Justice, Ronald Warsal, stated in a radio interview that the government would introduce a bill that would reserve a certain number of seats for women in the Parliament.  (Michael Walsh, Vanuatu Paves Way for Women’s Seats in Parliament, ABC NEWS (May 20, 2016).)  The […]

Australia/Papua New Guinea: Supreme Court Rules Asylum-Seeker Detention Is Unconstitutional

(May 2, 2016) On April 26, 2016, the Papua New Guinea Supreme Court ruled that the detention of asylum seekers at a facility on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, which was established under an arrangement with Australia, is a breach of their right to personal liberty under the Papua New Guinea Constitution. (Namah v Pato [2016] […]

Papua New Guinea: Cabinet Approves Guidelines for Implementation of the Death Penalty

(Feb. 11, 2015) On February 5, 2015, it was reported that the Papua New Guinea Cabinet had endorsed guidelines for the implementation of the death penalty. The Secretary of the Department of Justice and Attorney General, Lawrence Kalinoe, subsequently indicated that the 13 people currently on death row, who have all exhausted their appeals, will […]

Cambodia; Indonesia; Malaysia; Papua New Guinea; Philippines; Thailand: Regional Agreement on Protecting Witnesses and Victims

(Nov. 25, 2013) Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, and Thailand have agreed to establish a technical agency charged with improving cooperation among their national agencies in protecting witnesses and victims of transnational crime. The agreement was reached during a meeting held in Kuta, on the Indonesian island of Bali, that ended on […]

Papua New Guinea: Justices Charged with Sedition

(June 14, 2012) Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia of the Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea (PNG) was arrested on charges of sedition on May 24, 2012, after police stormed the Court and took him into custody. The charge is based on a ruling issued on May 21 by an Injia-led, three-justice bench, affirming an […]

Papua New Guinea: Controversial Law Stayed After UN Official Expressed Concerns

(May 1, 2012) On April 27, 2012, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navanethem Pillay, expressed concern about trends in the governance of Papua New Guinea (PNG), stating that “Papua New Guinea is on a slippery path to upending the constitutional order and undermining the rule of law.” (Papua New Guinea on 'Slippery […]

Papua New Guinea: Bill Seeks to Reserve Seats in Parliament for Women

(May 25, 2010) The Papua New Guinea Government has given notice of its intention to introduce a bill that would amend the Constitution to reserve 22 seats in Parliament for women. (Firmin Nanol, PNG to Reserve More Seats for Women in Parliament, RADIO AUSTRALIA NEWS, May 13, 2010, available at; Bill for Women in […]