APEC security law violates PNG constitution, says Singirok

PORT MORESBY, 23 OCTOBER 2018 (RNZ PACIFIC) – A former Papua New Guinea defence force commander says special security legislation for APEC violates the country’s constitution.

PNG’s parliament passed legislation which gives unprecedented powers to foreign forces and security personnel to protect visiting leaders during next month’s APEC summit in Port Moresby.

Major General Jerry Singirok said he had serious concerns with the APEC Safety and Security Act 2017.

He said it overrode the sovereignty of PNG as well as constitutional provisions protecting the basic rights of citizens.

“It basically means that any forces coming in are getting unprecedented powers. That means that the powers they use in this particular security scenario will not guarantee security for our Papua New Guinean citizens and it violates our constitution,” he said.

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