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Activist says remedy program for Porgera rape victims violates human rights

Activist says remedy program for Porgera rape victims violates human rights

Updated 6 February 2013, 15:52 AEDT

A leading women's right activist has condemned the terms of a remedy program for women who have been raped by workers at the Porgera Joint Venture (PJV) mine site in Enga province, Papau New Guinea.

The package, put forward by Canadian based company Barrick Gold, offers health access, financial assistance and trauma counselling to the victims. However it also stipulates that rape victims must agree to certain rules, including that they must not take legal action against the company in or outside of Papua New Guinea.

Helen Hakena, director of Leitana Nehan Development agency in Bougainville told Caroline Tiriman that such conditions are abhorrent, and violate women's human rights.
 
Presenter:  Caroline Tiriman
Speakers:   Helen Hakena, director of Leitana Nehan Development agency in Bougainville
 
 
 

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