Posts Tagged ‘Papua New Guinea’

Six PNG men jailed for abusing women accused of sorcery Comments 0

Monday, July 8th, 2019

Six men in Papua New Guinea who tortured three women they claimed had practised sorcery have been sentenced to eight years each in jail. Justice David Susame told a National Court hearing in New Ireland, that it is becoming a practice in some parts of the country to round up people, accuse them of sorcery, Read more

Bishops attack government over corruption Comments 0

Thursday, March 14th, 2019

Catholic bishops of Papua New Guinea have attacked the government for failing to take action on corruption. They have also attacked it for what they call its general incompetence. Read more Related Posts:Catholic bishops condemn abuse of state funds in PNGBishops encourage Sierra Leone’s new presidentPNG Catholic Bishops concerned about APEC spendingDuterte again attacks Catholic Read more

Bishops tell government to do more for refugees, asylum seekers Comments 0

Monday, February 25th, 2019

Papua New Guinea’s (PNG’s) bishops are urging the government to do more to help resettle the country’s refugees and asylum seekers. Besides pushing for a definitive end to the detention of refugees on Manus Island, the bishops are also highlighting the plight of various groups in the country who have not gained refugee status. In Read more

Manus Island detainees – depression, self-harm, suicide attempts Comments 0

Monday, February 11th, 2019

Manus Island detainees must be released. Mental illness among those incarcerated on the island are rife, says the bishops conference of Papua New Guinea (PNG). The general secretary of the Catholic Bishops Conference of PNG, Giorgio Licini, has written to Prime Minister Peter O’Neill saying PNG leaders should negotiate a deadline with Australia to release Read more

Poor medical care kills thousands Comments 0

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

Poor medical care is causing thousands of Papuans to die needlessly. Many die in government-owned hospitals. Three months ago a document on patients who have passed away at Jayapura Public Hospital was circulated among journalists in Papua. It recorded 1,275 deaths from 2008 to 2012. Read more Related Posts:Bishop’s warning about seriously ill Catholics…Court case Read more

PNG Catholic Bishops concerned about APEC spending Comments 0

Monday, November 12th, 2018

The expenses involved in hosting this week’s APEC conference is of concern, says Papua New Guinea’s bishops’ conference. APEC discussions will include investment and trade opportunities. The bishops say they are concerned about the PNG government’s high spending and what they see as being an unequal distribution of wealth. Read more Related Posts:Bishops announce new Read more

New study reveals Papua New Guinea’s alarming HIV epidemic Comments 0

Thursday, May 31st, 2018

Researchers from the Papua New Guinea Institute for Medical Research and the Kirby Institute at the University of NSW say expanded health services are needed to tackle high rates of HIV, hepatitis and sexually transmitted infection among key populations in Papua New Guinea. The study, Kauntim mi tu (“Count me too”) was released on 16 May in Read more

Bougainville Bishop says Church neutral on independence Comments 0

Thursday, May 17th, 2018

In June next year, Bougainville will be voting to decide if it is to become independent from Papua New Guinea. The bishop of Bougainville, Bernard Unabali, says the church will support whatever the outcome would be – independence or autonomy. He said this when preaching at Our Lady of Assumption Cathedral at Hahela in Buka Read more

Bougainville’s course is set – no turning back now Comments 0

Monday, March 26th, 2018

A visit by three former Papua New Guinea prime ministers in an attempt to stop Bouganvilleans voting for independence is a “complete waste of time and absurd,” says Martin Miriori, a leading figure in the Bougainville separatist movement. Miriori is the former Bougainville Interim Government (BIG) and the Bougainville Revolutionary Army (BRA) and Secretary and Read more

PNG Earthquake: More die in powerful aftershock – Pope Francis sends his condolences Comments 0

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

More than 100 people were killed in a magnitude 7.5 earthquake that struck Papua New Guinea on February 26. The exact toll from a magnitude 6.7 aftershock that followed just after midnight on Wednesday 7 March is unknown but at least 18 people are said to have died or been injured. On Tuesday Pope Francis Read more