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Court rules RH logging rights illegal
Supreme Court has quashed a decision granting logging rights over the
huge Kamula Doso forest area in Western Province to Rimbunan Hijau (RH)
in a court case brought by the PNG Eco-Forestry Forum, and ordered the
company to pay costs to the Forum.
"This is a major victory for good governance,"
said Kenn Mondiai, Chairperson of the Forum.
"This decision demonstrates to the
whole world what has been going on for far too long, and legally reaffirms
the Forum's claim of widespread illegal logging in PNG facilitated by
the government and the logging industry. This is only a tip of an iceberg
and there is more to be uncovered of unlawful acquisition of resources
and unequal benefit distribution.
PNG Eco-Forestry Forum has been fighting through the Courts for over two
years to overturn Rimbunan Hijau's rights to log in Kamula Doso which
was granted by the National Court in 2007. When the Forum decided to challenge
the decision, the government amended the Forestry Act to remove the Forum
from the National Forest Board"
matter was listed for trial in the Supreme Court this week, but minutes
before the hearing began, Rimbunan Hijau conceded that their logging rights
3-men Supreme Court bench recorded its displeasure at the conduct of Rimbunan
Hijau in fighting the case for two years when it knew its logging rights
were illegal by ordering the company to pay indemnity costs to the PNG
"This is a great victory for civil
society and non government organisations in general" added Thomas
Paka, Executive Director of the Forum. "Our judges have shown that
the ordinary people of PNG can stand up to corruption and win".
Forum especially thanked its lawyers and all the staff and members of
the Forum for their tireless efforts in pursuing the case step by step
to this successful outcome.
Information, contact the Forum on phone 323 9050 or email:
Papua New Guinea Eco-Forestry Forum supports integrated rural
sustainable resource use through a viable and sustainable eco-forestry