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Papua New Guinea

Monthly Updates

December 2022

An unpublished study by the United Nations Population Fund suggested Papua New Guinea’s population may be twice the official number of 9.4 million. Prime Minister James Marape suggested the number was more likely between 9 and 11 million but did not know the precise size of the population. Experts quoted in media reports were not convinced the UN figure was accurate but agreed that a new census was needed to ensure that millions of citizens were not being denied access to key services or the right to vote. The country’s next census is scheduled for 2024.

August 2022

James Marape was reelected as Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea in an election that did not significantly improve on previous elections’ struggles with violence and electoral management. Outdated voter rolls disenfranchised as many as one million voters and there were about 50 election-related deaths. However, the election was less violent than 2017, when roughly 200 died in election-related violence. The incoming government will need to address the underlying causes of the country’s electoral chaos, which observers attribute to under-investment in public services and deeply rooted patriarchal political traditions.  

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GSoD Indices Data 2012-2021

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Basic Information

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Population Tooltip
9 119 000
System of government
Parliamentary system
Head of government
Prime Minister James Marape (since 2019)
Head of government party
Pangu Party
Electoral system for lower or single chamber
Alternative Vote
Women in lower or single chamber Tooltip
1.8%
Women in upper chamber Tooltip
Not applicable
Last legislative election
2022
Head of state
King Charles III
Selection process for head of state
Hereditary or election by hereditary state rulers
Latest Universal Periodic Review (UPR) date
04/11/2021
Latest Universal Periodic Review (UPR) percentage of recommendations supported
62.73%
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Human Rights Treaties

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State Party State party
Signatory Signatory
No Action No action
United Nations Human Right Treaties
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
State Party
International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
State Party
International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination
State Party
Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women
State Party
Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment
No Action
Convention on the Rights of the Child
State Party
International Convention on Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families
No Action
International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance 
No Action
International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
State Party
International Labour Organisation Treaties
Forced Labour Convention
State Party
Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise Convention
State Party
Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining Convention
State Party
Equal Remuneration Convention
State Party
Abolition of Forced Labour Convention
State Party
Discrimination (Employment and Occupation) Convention
State Party
Convention concerning Minimum Age for Admission to Employment
State Party
Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention
State Party
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Early Warning System BETA

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Moderate risk of democratic breakdown Moderate risk of democratic breakdown (BETA)
Low risk of democratic backsliding Low risk of democratic backsliding (BETA)

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GSoD Indices

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