PNG police not protecting females, says NGO

10:47 am on 29 January 2016

Papua New Guinea police aren't doing enough to protect women and girls, and the country is one of the most dangerous places to be a female according to a global NGO.

Human Rights Watch released its Annual World Report this week and PNG stood out for all the wrong reasons.

An estimated 70 percent of women experience rape or assault in their lifetime, with rates of family and sexual violence among the highest in the world according to the NGO's Annual World Report.

The deputy director of the Asia Division, Phil Robertson, said few perpetrators are brought to justice and the sidelining of the anti-corruption agency Task Force Sweep shows that it starts from the top.

"The Prime Minister himself, who has been accused of serious allegations of corruption has, instead of being prosecuted, been weakening the anti-corruption agency, essentially starving them of funding, there's been no money provided to the anti-corruption unit of the government since 2013 because he doesn't like what they're finding."

Phil Robertson said the Family Protection Act introduced in 2013 is not being properly implemented.

PNG women carrying wood in the town of Kerema.

PNG women carrying wood in the town of Kerema. Photo: AFP

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