Education Guide The Opposition

7B: THOSE WHO DEFEND THE HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS

Joe Moses and many others in the Paga Hill community have put their lives on the line to defend their human rights and their homes. It is unclear to what extent the brutal treatment by the PNG police is sanctioned by the Government. For example, the systematic harassment of Joe Moses has included anonymous death threats to the extent that he has been forced to seek refuge, initially in Port Moresby and finally outside PNG.


Many organisations around the world are mandated to protect human rights defenders. They generally fall within three broad categories:

Assignment 

Look at the web sites of the organisations listed above. Which of these might have provided support for Joe Moses and his advocacy? At what stage of the struggle should each have been approached? What type of intervention should have been sought?

RESEARCH

Research a human rights defender in your community who is standing up for the rights of others.

ASSEMBLE