In a move denounced by Ecological Internet, a leading environmental and human rights organisation, the Papua New Guinea (PNG) government amended its Environment Act without debate, stripping Indigenous landowners of ancestral and constitutionally protected land rights and their ability to legally challenge development projects on their land.

The fact that 97% of land in PNG has until now been under communal tenure has provided an important social safety net against resource corruption. However, without any consultation, on 27 May 2010 the government of PNG introduced emergency legislation that ...


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