“Fear grips PNG’s Wewak amid reports of police violence”

December 14, 2013 at 3:48 am (Commentary, East Sepik Province, PNG, Wewak)


Fear grips PNG’s Wewak amid reports of police violence

Posted at 20:01 on 13 December, 2013 UTC

The East Sepik Council of Women in Papua New Guinea says the police in Wewak are very violent and the public are scared.

PNG’s acting police commissioner, Simon Kauba, has set up a high level investigation into the alleged rape at the weekend of a 19-year old girl, by Wewak-based policemen.

It will also look into the detention of a woman activist at the Wewak police station, who went there, with the girl’s family, to lodge an official complaint.

Norah Kapari from the East Sepik Council of Women says after an unrelated incident on Wednesday where a drunk soldier was severely beaten by police in the township, other soldiers stormed the police station in retaliation.

That sparked disorder and looting in the town but she says police have gained control again.

Norah Kapari says the people want the Commissioner of Police in PNG to come into the town and flush out the bad elements in the local police force.

“The police are very violent now they are not doing the proper work that they were trained to do so the people are scared of the police.”

Norah Kapari from the East Sepik Council of Women.

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I’ve heard that there was serious rioting in Wewak yesterday. You might have some sources to elaborate on this.



1 Comment

  1. deberigny said,

    Papua New Guinea: gang rape and subsequent arrest of woman human rights (…)

    Petition to Governor, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea

    Sunday 15 December 2013, by siawi3

    December 10, 2013
    Source: International Secretariat
    Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition (WHRD IC)

    Today December 10, International Human Rights Day, women still continue to face sexual violence, and to be persecuted for fighting for the rights of others. APWLD and our Pacific sisters urge you to sign on to the petition protesting the gang rape of a woman in Papua New Guinea and the subsequent arrest of a woman human rights defender assisting her.

    Kindly add your name, country and organisation to this petition and send to Vandhna Narayan gmail.com>


    The Hon, Sir Michael Somare
    Governor, East Sepik Province

    December 10, International human Rights Day, and Final day of 16 days of activism to protest violence against women.

    We demand your intervention for Truth, Justice and appropriate police responses to alleged pack rape by police in Wewak, East Sepik Province, PNG,

    Alleged pack rape by 4 police last Saturday, Dec 6th., around 3am.
    It is alleged:
    • The East Sepik Provincial Police Station Commander (PSC Kasen?) led a raid in a village out of Wewak town, the provincial capital of the East Sepik Province on the weekend
    • He was accompanied by auxiliary police
    • they were investigating a serious criminal case
    • Some of the police were under the influence of alcohol at the time
    • Some of the police were auxiliary police
    • Family of the alleged victim were physically assaulted in the course of police investigation/raid
    • 18 year old daughter called upon the police to stop, in defence of her law abiding father, and her family who are church leaders in the village.
    • Police ordered the girl into a house and followed her
    • she was pack raped by 4 police. at least one family member inside the house witnessed the incident and protested and was beaten
    • victim managed to reach Wewak and report case to Women’s crisis centre, run jointly by the council of women and the Family and Sexual Violence Committee, with police support
    • Policewoman working with the centre advised proper protocols be followed.
    • Statement was taken. Medical check up and report sought, rape confirmed
    • Sophie Mangae, of ESCOW then accompanied victim and family members to police station to report the case
    • PSC came out of his office, fired shots into the air, clamming he personally led village raid and denying any rape committed by police
    • PSC assaults Sophie Mangae, beats and kicks her
    • PSC orders police to arrest Sophie Mangae and members of her family, no bail, and tells them that they can tell the police what they think human rights are in court today!
    • Sophie and family members remain locked up in cell in Wewak.
    • Victim and other members of Wewak crisis centre are in hiding as police are looking to find them ( allegedly to arrest and detain them too)
    • Contact in PNG: Jo Sapphire Kiris Phone: +679 73656884

    We, the undersigned concerned women and men of the Pacific region, are demanding an end to VAW, and appropriate police responses to crimes of violence and sexual violence against women and girls. We ask the Governor of the East Sepik to intervene on the above case to ensure that law is upheld and rights are protected.

    Our mailing address is:
    Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development
    189/3 Changklan Road, A. Muang
    Chiang Mai, Thailand 50100

    Our telephone:
    (66) 53 284527

    Asia Pacific
    Government / Institutions of State
    Violence against women

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