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Papua New Guinea

Constitution as adopted on 16 September 1975.

Section 37

    (4) A person charged with an offence:
      (b) shall be informed promptly in a language which he understands of the offence with which he is charged; and

Section 42

    (2) A person who is arrested or detained: (a) shall be informed promptly, in a language that he understands, of the reasons for his arrest or detention and of any charge against him; and

Section 67

    (2) To be eligible for naturalisation, a person must...
      (c) unless prevented by physical or mental disability, speak and understand Pisin or Hiri Motu, or a vernacular of the country, sufficiently for normal conversational purposes;

Section 68

    2. Without limiting the matters that may be taken into account in deciding on the application for naturalisation, under Section 67, the following matters shall be taken into account in deciding on an application that is made during the first eight years after Independence Day...
      (h) the applicant's knowledge of Pisin or Hiri Motu or of a vernacular of the country;

Section 245

    (1) The following provisions apply to and in relation to an internee:
      (a) an internee and his next-of-kin or other close relative in the country shall, as soon as practicable and in any case not more than seven days after the commencement of his internment, be furnished with a statement in writing in a language that he understands specifying in detail the grounds upon which he is interned; and

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