Papua New Guinea

Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor


The following information reports U.S. Government priorities and activities of the U.S. mission in Papua New Guinea to promote democracy and human rights. For background on Papua New Guinea's human rights conditions, please see the 2009 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices and the International Religious Freedom Reports at

Part 1: U.S. Government Democracy Objectives

In cooperation with the federal and local governments and NGOs, the U.S. Government seeks to promote democratic principles, practices, values, and human rights in its engagement in the country.

Part 2: Supporting Top Priorities and Other Aspects of Human Rights and Democratic Governance

U.S. officials continue to work through the International Visitor Leadership Program to expose journalists and future leaders to democratic systems and values. Journalists participated in programs on election reporting and state and local governance. The U.S. Government is focusing its efforts in advancing democracy and respect for the rule of law, including an emerging focus on combating trafficking in persons. The U.S. Government actively advocates for the rights of, and political participation of, women through the International Women of Courage Award Program and the International Visitor Leadership Program. Recognizing women leaders provides women with strong role models and allows them to envision a future that includes women in high-level positions in their country. The United States continues to provide training in human rights practices for defense personnel.

The U.S. Government also focuses significant attention on a wide range of human and civil rights, including the rights of women, the rule of law, and the importance of a free and fair political process. U.S. officials have teamed with local universities, non-governmental organizations, and think tanks to make presentations throughout the nation on these issues. In May 2010 the United States is funding an election observation mission to Papua New Guinea.