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THE PRESIDENT OF Papua New Guinea’s autonomous province of Bougainville, Dr John Momis, is calling on the United Nations to apologise and withdraw a survey on gender violence he says is flawed.
The UN Gender Violence Survey was released last week and included assertions that some of the highest rates of sexual violence in the Asia/Pacific region occur in the province.
It said a quarter of men who admitted rape had first committed the offence by the age of fourteen.
The report also said one in five men had committed rape, with researcher James Lang saying violence has become normalised.
But President Momis says the report is wrong.
“Bougainville is a small society as you know,” he said.
“We the leaders, being a matrilineal society, would have found out a long time ago if what they report is true.
“If it is true that one out of every five people interviewed was a rapist then you are saying that one fifth of the population is a rapist - that is totally bloody untrue.”
Keith Jackson comments: In a subsequent longwinded, confused and disingenuous media release, an anonymous UN spokesperson said the 'misunderstanding' of its report was entirely due to the mass media. I think the international bureaucrats responsible for this outrage will have to do a little better than that