Human rights in Papua New Guinea: is this where we should be settling refugees?

Paula Gerber, Cai Wilkinson, Anthony J Langlois, Baden Offord

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Australia has had a long, and at times tumultuous, relationship with our nearest
neighbour, Papua New Guinea. This relationship took a twist in late 2012, with
the re-opening of the off-shore processing centre on Manus Island, and again in
February 2014, when Iranian asylum seeker Reza Berati was murdered by locals
during a violent disturbance at the centre. The latest test of the strength and
endurance of the relationship between PNG and Australia came in April 2016,
when the PNG Supreme Court ruled that the detention of asylum seekers on
Manus Island breached the right to personal liberty in the PNG constitution. This
article provides much-needed insight into the human rights situation in PNG,
and makes recommendations regarding the prospect of resettling refugees in
that country.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-65
Number of pages39
JournalAustralian Journal of Human Rights
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2016


  • Papua New Guinea
  • PNG
  • human rights
  • refugees
  • asylum seekers
  • Manus Island

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