Land Justice for Papua New Guinea
Until recently, 97% of Papua New Guinea was owned by indigenous tribes and clans under customary land rights. In this rural nation, people depend heavily on their land for livelihood. However, between 2003 and 2011, 5.5 million hectares were stolen from communities by foreign corporations as a result of widespread fraud, corruption, intimidation, and illegal land deals. Today, nearly 14% of the country is now controlled and manipulated by foreign hands.
Since 2000, Bismarck Ramu Group (BRG) has assisted in supporting, educating and organizing rural communities in the fight against illegal land-grabbing. With your support, BRG will continue to build a nation-wide network to give rural voices multimedia platforms to expose the corruption and environmental destruction of their land. BRG will also conduct patrols to rural communities facing these problems in order to build relationships with the people, promote full understanding of their land rights, and facilitate strategic action.