8 Aug 2014

Bougainville mining bill irks former fighters

2:29 pm on 8 August 2014

A group of ex-combatants from North Bougainville in Papua New Guinea have expressed anger at what they claim is misinformation being spread about the Bougainville Mining Bill.

The Post Courier reports that there was a protest against the bill held outside the Bougainville Parliament on Wednesday, which disturbed the sitting of the Bougainville Executive Council.

The protesting ex-combatants said they were not happy with the bill's second draft, although it was the fourth draft that was under discussion.

The current draft has been the subject of mining forums over the past weeks but has not yet been made public.

The ex-combatants have suggested that not enough awareness is being conducted about the draft process.

An aerial view of Arawa, Bougainville

An aerial view of Arawa, Bougainville Photo: RNZI