14 Jul 2014

PNG activist tries to stop protest ban

3:13 pm on 14 July 2014

A Papua New Guinea civil society activist Noel Anjo has gone to court seeking orders for the courts to restrain police from preventing him and others organising protests.

This follows a number of unsuccessful requests he has lodged with police for peaceful protests against the Prime Minister Peter O'Neill over an alleged corruption case he is embroiled in.

Despite not having a permit, a large protest was held in Port Moresby last month calling for Mr O'Neill to step aside to allow an investigation into his role in allegedly illegal state payments to a law firm.

Police subsequently stated that it would not allow any protest to proceed without a permit.

The Post Courier reports that Mr Anjo is asking the courts to restrain police from preventing a protest he intends to organise.

He has named the police commissioner Geoffrey Vaki as the first defendant and has cited provisions in PNG's constitution which allow for the rights to freedom of expression, assembly, association and freedom of movement.