Press release | June 9, 2016

Global Witness condemns violent crackdown on anti-corruption protesters in Papua New Guinea

Global Witness condemns the violent suppression by Papua New Guinean police of student protests against high level government corruption, and is calling for an immediate, independent investigation.

On 8th June, police forces reportedly opened fire on University of Papua New Guinea students gathered to march on parliament to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, who is facing corruption-related charges. At least 17 students were injured, while many remain missing.

“This shocking attack on students is only the latest example of Papua New Guinea’s police committing acts of violence and intimidation against its citizens, and constitutes a direct assault on civil society,"  said Global Witness policy advisor Lela Stanley. "Papua New Guinea's government must act immediately to bring justice to those involved, and drastically improve the oversight and accountability of its police force.”