Patrick Niebo participated in DTP’s 22nd Annual Program in Timor-Leste in 2012.
Patrick is a senior investigator in the Anti-Discrimination and Human Rights Unit of Papua New Guinea’s Ombudsman Commission, where he investigates and seeks redress for all types of human rights violations.
Patrick participated in DTP’s 2012 Annual Human Rights and Peoples’ Diplomacy Training Program in Timor-Leste to network with other human rights defenders in similarly challenging conditions, and to develop practical strategies such as human rights training for law enforcers.
One of the most serious human rights challenges in Papua New Guinea is a systematic abuse of the rights of women, girls and children. There are daily reports of wives being beaten by their spouses, women and girls raped at home by close relatives or guardians, and kidnappings leading to gang-rapes and murders. Local law enforcement agencies struggle to combat these crimes, hamstrung by uncooperative witnesses and corruption within their own ranks.
“In my role as a human rights investigator and human rights defender with the Ombudsman Commission of PNG, I find it challenging that in spite of many protective measures I have initiated and carried out, such as human rights awareness about the rights of people, women, children and girls and boys being beaten up, raped and so forth, do not in any way deter the daily occurrences of inhuman treatment and abuse of women”