Papua New Guinea

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The authorities failed to prevent widespread violence against children, women, sex workers, asylum-seekers and refugees. Cases of violence were rarely prosecuted. Cultural practices, including polygamy, continued to undermine women’s rights. There was insufficient protection against torture or other ill-treatment. The police continued to use excessive force against protesters. Poverty remained endemic, particularly in rural areas, despite economic wealth generated by the mining industry. The death penalty was retained; no executions had been carried out since 1954.

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Death penalty status

Abolitionist in practice

Retains the death penalty in law, but hasn’t executed for at least 10 years


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