22 Dec 2008

Ombudsmen in PNG says Government must cater for homeless after settlement destruction

3:04 pm on 22 December 2008

The Ombudsman Commission in Papua New Guinea has described the flattening of the Tete squatter settlement as inhumane, with no regard for human dignity.

The Post Courier newspaper says the watchdog has lashed out at police for leaving about a hundred women and children homeless in the process of eliminating the allegedly crime infested settlement.

In a joint statement, Chief Ombudsman Chronox Manek and Ombudsman John Nero, says the levelling of the Tete settlement, overseen by police, marks a sad day.

Tete was destroyed following the murder of prominent businessman Sir George Constantinou, amid allegations that his killers came from there.

The Ombudsmen say the law must be allowed to take its course.

They have called on the National Government to quickly redress the situation in the same way that it had allowed police to destroy the homes of the innocent women and children.