Throughout the Pacific region, human rights defenders experience harassment, violence and threats in their communities and by state security forces.
In some countries in Oceania, repressive laws allow to restrict and persecute activists who work for their communities, for women’s rights, climate protection as well as against environmental degradation and exploitation.
In Papua New Guinea, activists working on environmental and women’s rights are particularly vulnerable. Women human rights defenders who are involved, for example, against the destruction caused by the Porgera mine are exposed to gender-based violence.
The manifold restrictions experienced by women, human rights defenders, LGBTI activists and environmentalists are further exacerbated in the region by the generally shrinking space for civil society involvement.
Deep sea mining for rare metals is the new industrial frontier and will have devastating implications for the marine environment.
Proposed mining would threaten not only crucial ecosystems but the global fight against climate breakdown.
The Blue Planet Society is calling on the International Seabed Authority to stop all plans for deep sea mining and prioritise the health of our communities and recognise values beyond economic gain.
We believe that the risk posed by the Frieda River mine is too great and could irreparably devastate the Sepik environment and the communities that live along it.
We want Papua New Guinea’s Conservation and Environment and Protection Authority (CEPA) to reject the Frieda River mine and for the PNG government to take the next steps in placing the Sepik River region on the World Heritage List.
Join the campiagn and send a letter to call on the Conservation and Environment Protection Authority (CEPA), Members of the Environment Council and the Minister of Environment of Papua New Guinea to reject the Sepik Infrastructure Development Project, including the Frieda River mine in the Sepik region:
Like the infamous Ok Tedi mine in Western Province, it is a disaster waiting to happen
There is no evidence of free, prior and informed consent
The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is severely deficient