Posts Categorized: Justice & courts

Australia’s development contribution on the rise

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Koromira Primary School.

Bougainville has received increased funding support from Australia over the past five years according to a recent report from the Australian High Commission.

The report, Highlights of Australia’s development assistance to the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, states that Australian assistance in 2013-14 reached nearly K100 million, having increased each year since 2009.

The funding provided to the autonomous region went towards the key areas of health, law & justice, governance and transport infrastructure.

Among the improvements in healthcare were new clinics, which were built in Buka, Arawa and Buin, and the provision of medical kits across the region. These medical kits contain essential supplies and were provided to 32 health centres, 162 aid posts and the Buka General Hospital.

Australia has committed to help Bougainville’s education system by reducing class sizes and improving the learning environment. Between 2012 and 2014, twenty primary schools benefited from the construction of a double classroom, teacher’s house, office and an ablution block.

These schools were located at Lemanmanu, Hahela, Ubuko, Kunua, Sohano, Iaun, Tekoknih, Koromira, Sipatako, Peter Lahis (Arawa urban), Tupukas, Wakunai, Asitavi, Kongara, Tabago, Iruh, Ugubakogu, Laguai and Tonu.

Law and justice is vital in Bougainville as a post-crisis region and Australian assistance has seen the construction and refurbishment of a number of police stations, court houses and centres for justice around the region.

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New Residential judge welcomed at legal year opening ceremony

Autonomous Bougainville Government

503-injia-bonaBougainville has celebrated the start of the legal year with the arrival of a new residential judge and an opening Ceremony in Buka.

Sir Kina Bona, who comes from Milne Bay, is married with one child and will reside in Bougainville when serving his duties as the residential judge.

He  is a senior and well respected citizen who has experience as State Prosecutor, Public Prosecutor, PNG’s High Commissioner to London, Chairman of the Integrity of Political Parties and Candidates Commission and Registrar of the Political Parties and Candidates Commission, and President of the PNG Law Society.

He has served the legal service of Papua New Guinea with distinction over the years, holding significant posts which included being the President of the PNG Law Society, and has been the Senior Legal Counsel with the Albatross Law Firm since 2013.

Sir Kina completed his senior school education at an Australian private school in Armidale, northern New South Wales.

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Sir Salamo Injia is welcomed by the Bougainville police force at the opening ceremony

The PNG National Chief Justice, Salamo Injia, officially opened the legal year for law and order enforcers in Bougainville.

His short visit to Bougainville on Friday was to inspect the staff of the police and correctional services, including lawyers and employees of the courthouse and Law and Justice Sector.

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Prisoners preach gospel to Buka locals

By Leonard Fong Roka

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More than 20 prisoners from Bekut correctional facility took to Bel Isi Park in Buka Town on Friday 28 November to preach the word of God to commuters.

The inmates, from Bougainville’s only correctional facility, were accompanied by two correctional service officers, musical instruments and the Bible in order to teach the public the Christian principles and the good way of life.

Busy commuters were interrupted by the midday gospel rock music by men in prisoners’ attire and were drawn to gather around the Bel Isi Park stage to listen to the teachings of Christianity emanating from their fellow Bougainvilleans serving prison terms in Bekut.

Touching was the preaching of convicted murderer Taticiuos Kokora from Tearoki in Tinputz.

“To my fellow young Bougainvilleans roaming around here as I share my life: you have to take Jesus into your life in order to be a good citizen of Bougainville,” Kokora said.

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Correctional Service Minister promises funds for jails

By Ishmael Palipal

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The Correctional Service Minister in the PNG Government, the Hon. Jim Simatab MP, has promised to assist improvements to the region’s correctional services.

Simatab spoke at a ceremony for his visit to the Bekut Correctional facility in Peit constituency in Buka, during a recent visit to Bougainville.

According to the presentation given by the facility’s commanding officer, the Bekut jail has not progressed well over the last six years.

The prison has been overcrowded with the inmates, which resulted in some prisoners being housed in a classroom.

This visit also gave the inmates a chance to voice their urgent needs to the visiting government officials who included Minister Simatab, Regional MP the Hon. Joe Lera and Acting Correctional Service Commissioner, Michael Waipo.

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Author faces legal challenge

By Ishmael Palipal

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Bougainville’s award-winning writer and pre-eminent author, Leonard Fong Roka, is likely to face a court battle over a short story featured in his second collection of short stories, Moments in Bougainville published last year.

Litigation for defamation has been threatened by the family of an ex-girlfriend in Mr Roka’s home area in the Tumpusiong Valley near Panguna.

Mr Roka said that the story, Tongare Love, was a record of his time with a woman he loved and wanted to marry. But her family would not allow it and instead they began to threaten him.

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Buin courthouse is symbol of justice

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The new court house in the Buin district has made access to law and justice much more freely available to the people.

The courthouse is seen as a powerful symbol of what is possible when people of goodwill come together with a commitment to peace and good order.

The new courthouse is open each day so that people needing protection under the law can have immediate access.

Previously the high cost of travelling to Buka court meant that justice was unaffordable to many Bougainvilleans.

The Autonomous Bougainville Government and the Government of Australia recognised that it is important for victims of crime, including women and children, to have justice services near where they live.

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