Baliem Valley Cultural Festival breaks national and world records

The ongoing Baliem Valley Cultural Festival (FBLB) currently held in Baliem Valley, the Jayawijaya Mountains from August 8 to 11 has broken national and world records for the throwing of more than 1,359 sege (traditional spear). Sege is a war instrument made of wood and has the length of 2.5 meters and the diameter between 5 to 7 meters. The spear is usually […]

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Indonesia denies claims of Papuan rights restrictions

The Indonesian government has again rejected claims that rights to the freedom of expression and assembly are restricted in Papua region. Through its embassy in New Zealand, Indonesia has raised issue with reported comments by Vanuatu’s government in United Nations forums that basic human rights of West Papuans are being infringed. Vanuatu has repeatedly called for UN action on human rights violations […]

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Sumitomo to quit Solomons

Japan’s Sumitomo mining company is abandoning its nickel exploration project in Isabel Province in Solomon Islands. The head office of Sumitomo Metal Mining Solomon Limited in Tokyo told Reuters that it was exiting from the project because of slumping nickel price and the loss of a legal dispute over mining rights. Sumitomo, which began exploring in Solomon Islands in 2005, […]

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Information law further enforced in Vanuatu

Seven government departments in Vanuatu are now formally obliged to provide access to information after a signing ceremony this week. Acting Prime Minister Joe Natuman has signed the first enforcement order under the Right to Information Act brought in earlier this year. The agencies listed are the Departments of Statistics, Customs, Agriculture, Forestry, Livestock, Tourism, and the Office of the […]

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