30 Aug 2004

March against domestic violence delayed until today in PNG

7:41 am on 30 August 2004

A march to protest the increasing amount of violence against women in Papua New Guinea is due to take place today.

The march was orginally scheduled to happen last Thursday but had to be postponed because the Prime Minister, Sir Michael Somare, was out of the capital attending meetings in Rabaul.

The Executive Director of the Individual and Community Rights Advocacy Forum, Lady Hilan Los, says 300 people are expected to take part in the demonstration through Port Moresby.

A petition will be presented to Sir Michael at the end of the march.

It will ask for an investigation into allegations of police brutality, for public transport to be controlled by a central body and for a Human Rigts Commission to be set up in PNG.