PNG Immigration Authority To Investigate Complaints Against Businessmen

New citizens face allegations of human rights abuses by employees

By Clifford Faiparik

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Oct. 4, 2016) – The Immigration Citizenship Authority is expected to investigate complaints of human rights abuse lodged by five employees of two overseas businessmen who were recently granted PNG citizenship.

A report on the matter was handed over to the authority by Port Moresby-based lawyer Lawrence Titimur who had been approached by the employees in 2012 to take up their case.

Chief Immigration Officer Mataio Rabura had advised him to hand over the report to a senior immigration officer to investigate the allegations. The officer who requested anonymity confirmed with The National that he had received the report and would probe the matter.

Rabura ordered the investigation into how the businessmen were granted citizenship last month when the employee’s complaints lodged in 2012 had not been investigated.

The allegations were first brought to the attention of the Government in a letter dated Aug 27, 2012, from Titimur. The letter was copied to Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, the Port Moresby police metropolitan superintendent, Immigration and Citizenship Services and the Department of Labour and Industrial Relations. The allegations related to human trafficking and official corruption.

Immigration and Foreign Affairs Minister Rimbink Pato handed out the citizenship certificates and passports to the businessmen who were among 24 foreigners granted citizenship status.

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