Refugee Council of Australia
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Joint submission to the Universal Periodic Review: Papua New Guinea

Recommendations

Contents

Recommendation

We call on the PNG Government to:

  • Formally withdraw the seven reservations to the 1951 Refugee Convention in full and for all refugees.
  • Ratify the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families.
  • Ratify the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and its Optional Protocol.
  • Establish a National Human Rights Institution in accordance with the Paris Principles • Take genuine steps to implement the recommendations it accepted during the previous UPR cycles.

Recommendation

We call on the PNG Government to:

  • Declare its position with respect to any future proposed arrangements to host asylum seekers transferred by third countries.
  • Actively work with UNHCR and other governments to identify any available options for refugees subject to offshore processing who are yet to find a durable solution.
  • Clarify whether it intends to provide ongoing support for people subject to offshore processing who are still in PNG.
  • Commission an independent audit into the provision of services to refugees by health and welfare providers and manner in which these contracts were awarded.
  • Investigate the challenges faced by refugees who have chosen to settle in PNG, including the registration of marriage and births of children, access to support, and freedom of movement within the country – and take genuine steps to address these challenges.
  • Clarify and codify citizenship and family reunion eligibility and requirements for refugees.
  • Provide free or subsidised access to legal representation for asylum seekers with negative refugee status decisions who wish to seek judicial review.
  • Review the Migration Act to include provisions that will increase refugee protection.
  • Commit to full implementation of the National Refugee Policy.

Recommendation

We call on the PNG Government to:

  • Commit to ensuring that Bomana Immigration Centre is not used for people subject to offshore processing arrangements.
  • Refrain from placing immigration detainees in prisons, co-located with convicted criminals.
  • Ensure that Bomana Immigration Centre is not used in its current condition for anyone with a deportation order and ensure that the detention of anyone at this facility is for the shortest possible time. The detention facility needs to have appropriate material conditions and people in detention need to be provided with frequent access to means of communications, access to lawyers and visitors and independent detention monitors.
  • Commission an independent investigation of the operation of Bomana Immigration Centre in 2019-20 and the circumstances of the arrest of the 53 men detained there.
  • Commission an independent investigation of the events of November 2017 and the unlawful use of force by police during forcible evacuation of Lombrum PRC.

Recommendation

We call on the PNG Government to:

  • Regularise the legal status of all West Papuan refugees and issue them with proper documentation.
  • Provide support to this group to ensure they have access to meaningful employment and financial independence.

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