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OHCHR in Papua New Guinea


In 2008, a Human Rights Advisor was placed in the Papua New Guinea UN Country Team (UNCT) to support efforts to mainstream human rights and build the internal capacity of the UNCT to better support strengthening the national human rights protection systems.

With more than 800 indigenous ethnic groups and languages, Papua New Guinea is one of the most heterogeneous and diverse countries in the world. In spite of its legal framework of protection, there are reports of police abuses, poor prison conditions and lengthy pre-trial detention. Discrimination and severe violence against girls and women – including through accusations of sorcery – remains prevalent. Proliferation of small, homemade arms and the continued migration to urban areas have augmented security concerns and poor living conditions, particularly in urban settlements. There are also challenges for recovery and the implementation of post-conflict arrangements in Bougainville. There is low awareness of human rights, and only those with sufficient resources are able to access the justice system.



The Human Rights Adviser provides expert advice and training on human rights to the UNCT and support to the Government and other national partners in establishing and strengthening national protection systems.
The HRA also promotes:

  1. Increased use by the UNCT of a rights-based approach to programming, with a focus on marginalized groups;
  2. Increased Government and civil society engagement and cooperation with international human rights mechanisms; and
  3. Greater public awareness on human rights through advocacy campaigns and human rights education.

Contact Information


Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division (FOTCD)
Contact is in Geneva, Switzerland.

Asia Pacific Section
Tel. +41 22 928 9650

Human Rights Advisor

Human Rights Advisor to the
United Nations Country Team (UNCT)
Address: c/o UNDP, UN House, level 14, Deloitte Tower
Douglas Street, P.O. Box 1041
Port-Moresby - Papua New Guinea
Tel: +675-321-2877
Email: christina.saunders@undp.org


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