Queensland Law Society

Political crisis in PNG threatens country’s rule of law

Date 31 May 2012
Contact Natalie Graeff, Manager Corporate Communication
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Email n.graeff@qls.com.au

Queensland Law Society today said the way in which the current political crisis in PNG is unfolding has serious repercussions for the rule of law.

Society president Dr John de Groot said the recent arrests of senior judicial officers by Queensland’s closest overseas neighbour was a cause for grave concern.

“The separation of powers between all arms of government, articulated in section 99 of the Constitution of Papua New Guinea, must be adhered to at all times,” Dr de Groot said.

“An independent and impartial judiciary is critical to civil society and must be free to function without threat to its independence,” Dr de Groot said.

“We support the statement of LAWASIA issued on 25 May 2012 which stresses the importance of a strong and independent judiciary.

“We call on all arms of PNG’s government to work together to achieve a peaceful resolution to the current situation.”