Columbia University Team Investigates Sexual Assault and Right to Water in Papua New Guinea
Students And Faculty Traveled To Papua New Guinea To Study The Environmental Impacts Of A Gold Mine And Investigate New Allegations Of Sexual Assault By Security Forces
Over the winter break, an interdisciplinary team from Columbia Law School’s Human Rights Clinic and Columbia University’s Earth Institute returned to the highlands of Papua New Guinea to deliver the results of an independent study of water rights to the
Students Lizzie O’Shea LL.M. '16, Candy Ofime '17 and Whitney Hood '16 in Porgera following
discussions with communities about the
impacts of mining.
Josh Fisher of the Earth Institute, center, collects water samples from the mine's
|Columbia Law School Professor Sarah Knuckey, center left, and Human Rights Clinic student Candy Ofime '17,
center right holding map, discuss water testing results with communities in Porgera, Papua New Guinea.
|Human Rights Clinic student Candy Ofime '17 consults with communities in Porgera about the right to water and recommendations to improve water security.
“The women’s determination is inspiring and impressive,” said Lizzie O’Shea, LL.M. ’16, a human rights lawyer from Australia who helped run the workshops in Porgera. “We look forward to assisting them in their efforts to advance their fundamental rights this coming semester.”
|Human Rights Clinic student Whitney Hood '16, center left, and Clinic Fellow Benjamin Hoffman, center right,
speak with residents of Porgera.