“The European Union is built on the foundation of democratic principles, human rights and rule of law. European Union has a strong engagement with the government and the people of Papua New Guinea to ensure that these principles are respected, promoted and protected. The Human Rights Day theme, to 'Stand up for someone's rights today' is for raising awareness that the protection of human rights is everybody's responsibility and civic duty”, said European Union Ambassador to Papua New Guinea HE Ioannis Giogkarakis-Argyropoulos.
In Papua New Guinea the EU also continues to engage in partnership to support democracy and human rights initiatives. Most recently, on 20 October 2016, three additional leading projects to promote the respect of human rights in Papua New Guinea were announced.
Three organisations; Child Fund Papua New Guinea, the 'National Council of Women (NCW) and the 'International Organization for Migration (IOM)' in joint venture with the Department of Justice & Attorney General (DJAG), received grants totalling 3 million Kina to support new projects promoting Human Rights.
The IOM, DJAG, and FSVAC consortium will use the grant to strengthen prosecution efforts and protection measures to combat trafficking of persons in Papua New Guinea. The aim is to increase the technical and management capacities of law enforcement officials and judiciary in dealing with survivors and the application of anti-trafficking legislation.
Child Fund PNG will use the grant to strengthen the community based justice system in the Central Province districts of Abau, Kairuku Hiri and Rigo where district and village court officials and other front line workers like police officers will receive training on child protection. The proposed initiative will also establish a community based child protection and referral mechanism.
The National Council of Women (NCW) will receive support for the implementation of the amended 2013 National Council of Women Act so that it can continue to advocate effectively for the rights of women in Papua New Guinea.
The Delegation of the European Union to Papua New Guinea will continue to work in partnership with all stakeholders to promote and protect human rights and develop a human rights culture so that to 'Stand up for someone's rights' becomes a daily reality.