12 Nov 2012

Human rights film festival to travel around PNG

11:32 am on 12 November 2012

An annual Human Rights Film Festival which opens in Port Morseby this week will be taken on tour for the first time, in the hope of reaching as many Papua New Guineans as possible.

International and local human rights films will be screened followed by discussions held on topics such as women's rights.

The UN's Human Rights Advisor in PNG Christina Saunders, says other topics include looking at the impact of mining on communities from a human rights perspective.

She says it is important to get to areas outside of the capital.

"We felt that by taking the Human Rights Film Festival on tour that we would be able to engage with the local communities both in the Highlands region, and then we're going down to Buka, so it'll just give us a totally different audience. I think they will have other perspectives, other things that they would like to address."