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Title: Safety, security, and accessible justice : participatory approaches to law and justice reform in Papua New Guinea 
Author: MacDonald, Rosita
Date: 2008
Publisher: Honolulu: East-West Center
Abstract: Rosita MacDonald examines the challenges facing the law and justice reform partnership between Australia and its former colony Papua New Guinea (PNG). Serious safety and security issues confront PNG, with the incidence of violent crime increasing and the capacity of the law enforcement, court, and prison systems to deal with offenders deteriorating. MacDonald acknowledges the challenge of implementing institutional reforms appropriate to the PNG cultural and political context, and highlights the fact that measurable and sustainable reforms within the law and justice sector have failed to occur despite a substantial investment of resources from both governments. Law and justice policy in PNG should shift, she says, from the official rhetoric supporting traditional and community-led approaches to a greater investment by the PNG and Australian leadership to restorative justice approaches, the village court system, and under-utilized community organizations.
Series/Report No.: Pacific Islands policy ; 3
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Pages/Duration: 39 pages
LC Subject Headings: Law reform - Papua New Guinea
Justice, Administration of - Papua New Guinea
Civil rights - Papua New Guinea
Human rights - Papua New Guinea
Australia - Relations - Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea - Relations - Australia
Papua New Guinea - Politics and government - 1975-

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  • Pacific Islands Policy [9]
    Pacific Islands Policy examines critical issues, problems, and opportunities that are relevant to the Pacific Islands region. The series is intended to influence the policy process, affect how people understand a range of contemporary Pacific issues, and help fashion solutions. A central aim of the series is to encourage scholarly analysis of economic, political, social, and cultural issues in a manner that will advance common understanding of current challenges and policy responses.


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