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Papua New Guinea: Human rights commission mooted

, N° d'index: ASA 34/001/1994

AI welcomes the discussions on legislation for a National Human Rights Commission currently underway in Papua New Guinea. The organization hopes that they signal the start of a genuine effort to address serious human rights concerns, particularly on the island of Bougainville. AI believes that such a body must meet certain minimum standards, if it is to be effective in protecting human rights. This paper outlines AI's recommendations to the government and describes briefly the national and international context within which the recent discussions on the formation of the Human Rights Commission are taking place.

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