PNG PRIME MINISTER Peter O’Neill has heard our voices and has released the Commission of Inquiry report on the massive SABL land grab.
After months of delay, more than 1,000 emails from ACT NOW! supporters and a series of joint-media campaigns with concerned civil society organisations, Peter O'Neill has finally acted and the findings of the Commission are devastating.
Widespread corruption and mismanagement mean only four of the leases were lawfully granted. For the rest there was no consent from the local landowners and the promised large-scale agriculture developments were completely bogus.
Instead the leases have been used by foreign companies to defraud landowners, chop down forests and take the proceeds offshore.
Publication of the Commission findings is an important and hard won victory.
But more work still remains to be done to ensure justice for the thousands of people affected by these fraudulent land deals.
The government has yet to announce any action to cancel the leases or stop the illegal logging - which is still continuing.
We made three demands to the Prime Minister. Release the report. Cancel the leases. Stop the logging.
He has dealt with our first demand, which is a good start, but one out of three is simply not enough.