The Papua New Guinea Government has passed legislation that removes the rights of PNG nationals to challenge the government’s own approvals for environmentally destructive activities.

According to Charles Roche, executive director of the Mineral Policy Institute, the legislation will give the PNG government carte blanche powers to approve future projects without any resistance.

“The new section, 69B, of the Environment Act 2000 removes the right to legally challenge destructive activities.”

“While the details are unclear, the new section 87, with the addition of 87A and 87B, seems to allow the PNG government to approve almost anything at a political level, without due process.”

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