PNG researcher calls on locals to stop sorcery related violence

A Papua New Guinea researcher says a recent attack on a six-year-old girl accused of sorcery is an affront to the rights of women and children. Auckland University law student Mary Kints, who is from PNG, has conducted research on sorcery back home. Ms Kints said she was sad to hear about the recent attack on the girl in Enga […]

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Gender inequality at the heart of Pacific violence pandemic

A United Nations representative in the Pacific Nicolas Burniat says gender inequality is at the heart of pandemic levels of violence against women in the region. Mr Burniat, who’s the deputy representative for UN Women Pacific, said Pacific countries share a high level of gender inequality and violence rates in the region are well over the average. He said the […]

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MSG meet to discuss Arms Trade Treaty and UNPoA

The 3rd Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Regional Workshop on Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) and the UN Program of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapon (UNPoA) was held at the MSG Secretariat in Port Vila from 13-14 November 2017. The workshop was officially opened by the Acting Director General Mr Peter Eafeare. ┬áIn his opening statement, Mr Eafeare conveyed the […]

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Fiji in favour of revised Biketawa Declaration

Fiji says it supports the idea of expanding regional security co-operation by revising the Pacific Islands Forum’s 2000 Biketawa Declaration drawn up after the coups in Fiji and Solomon Islands. Fiji’s defence minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola spoke at the Forum foreign ministers’ meeting in Suva ahead of next month’s Forum summit in Samoa. Ratu Inoke said new global trends posed […]

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No threat to Fiji’s border security, says police commissioner

Fiji’s police commissioner says there is no threat to Fiji’s border security despite revelations of an operation which saw dozens of suspected fraudsters repatriated to China last week. Seventy seven Chinese nationals were sent back on a charter flight after a joint operation involving Chinese and Fijian police. Opposition politicians said the case exposed flaws in Fiji’s border security and […]

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