COMMITTEE ON THE ELIMINATION
OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION
4-22 March 2002
OF REPORTS SUBMITTED BY STATES PARTIES
UNDER ARTICLE 9 OF THE CONVENTION
observations of the Committee on the
Elimination of Racial Discrimination*
1 (60) on Papua New Guinea
1. At its 1506th meeting, on 11 March 2002 (see CERD/C/SR.1506), the Committee
reviewed again the implementation of the Convention by Papua New Guinea
under the early warning procedure.
2. Despite the Committee's repeated requests, Papua New Guinea has not
resumed its dialogue with the Committee. It has submitted neither its
periodic report nor the additional information requested about the situation
in Bougainville. In fact, the dialogue between Papua New Guinea and the
Committee has been interrupted since 1984. The State party has not fulfilled
its obligation under article 9, paragraph 1, of the Convention.
3. The Committee reiterates its decisions 2 (52) of 19 March 1998, 4 (51)
of 21 August 1997, 3 (47) of 16 August 1995 and 8 (46) of 16 March 1995
on Papua New Guinea, in which it requested the State party to comply with
its obligation under article 9, paragraph 1, of the Convention, mainly
to provide information on the situation in Bougainville.
4. The Committee urges the State party to submit its report under article
9, paragraph 1, of the Convention, as well as to supply information specifically
on the present situation in Bougainville. In particular, the report should
provide information on the demographic composition of the population,
as well as the economic, social and cultural situation of the various
ethnic groups. In this connection, the Committee wishes again to draw
the State party's attention to the possibility of availing itself of the
technical assistance offered under the advisory services and technical
assistance programme of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner
for Human Rights.
5. The Committee draws the attention of the State party to the provisions
of the Declaration and Programme of Action of the World Conference against
Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, according
to which the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms
of Racial Discrimination is the principal international instrument for
the elimination of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related
intolerance and States are urged to cooperate with the Committee in order
to promote the effective implementation of the Convention.
6. The Committee hopes that the State party will also consider withdrawing
its reservation to article 4 of the Convention.
7. The Committee decides that, in the absence of any indication on the
part of the State party that it will comply with its obligation under
article 9, paragraph 1, of the Convention, it will consider the implementation
of the Convention in Papua New Guinea at its sixty-second session, in
* Please note that the symbol CERD/C/Session No./CO/... will from now
on replace the previous symbol CERD/C/304/Add...