Changes sought to way PNG deports people

10:41 am on 23 August 2017

A New Zealand Catholic lay missionary working in Papua New Guinea says he will raise concerns about the country's deportation process.

Doug Tennent and Archbishop Panfilo in Kokopo

Doug Tennent and Archbishop Panfilo in Kokopo Photo: supplied

Doug Tennent has returned to work for the Archdiocese of Rabaul after being illegally deported in June.

He also wants to initiate discussions in PNG with the Law Commission, the Ombudsman and the Immigration Department over the way the country carries out deportations.

Mr Tennent was bustled out of the country two days after being told of his deportation.

This was done without explanation, no opportunity to sort out his work situation and despite a court order staying the removal.

He is preparing a submission to the government in which he details three things that should be provided to deportees.

"One, the right to know the case against you: Two, the right to respond and have that carefully considered and then taking into account the impact that your particular deportation is going to have on other people and the people you are working with."

Doug Tennent's deportation had sparked an outcry and he was allowed back into PNG, after accepting new restrictions on his visa.

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