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Protests in Papua New Guinea highlight corruption and inequality – Equal Times

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Protests in Papua New Guinea highlight corruption and inequality – Equal Times

Protests at the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) turned violent. On June 8, 2016, eight students were shot by police and 23 students were injured as they called on Prime Minister Peter O’Neill to step down over corruption allegations.

 

“There can be no excuse for the use of high-powered assault weapons in dealing with a group of defenseless students in expressing their rights,” said Lawrence Stephens, chairperson of Transparency International Papua New Guinea, in a public statement.

 

“The fundamental problem in Papua New Guinea is the constant excessive force employed by the police, and frequent use of torture in custody, including against children,” says Robertson. “There has to be a political commitment that policing responses must respect international human rights standards, otherwise these abuses will continue indefinitely.”

Source: Protests in Papua New Guinea highlight corruption and inequality – Equal Times

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