Indonesia police admit to using torture

The human rights NGO Amnesty International says the police in Indonesia have admitted torturing a man to death. The admission has prompted calls for a review of Indonesia’s membership of the Melanesian Spearhead Group. Ben Robinson reports. Amnesty International says Indonesia’s police chief, General Badrodin Haiti, admitted the use of torture to a government committee investigating the death in custody […]

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MSG chairman defends Yauvoli appointment

The Chairman of the Melanesian Spearhead Group has defended the appointment of the MSG secretariat’s new director-general amid claims by Vanuatu that due process wasn’t followed. Last week, Fiji’s government confirmed that its ambassador on climate change, Amena Yauvoli, had been selected as the new MSG director-general. This was confirmed on Monday by the MSG chairman, the Solomon Islands prime […]

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Vanuatu stands firm as MSG standoff looms

Vanuatu’s Council of Ministers has reiterated that it won’t accept the appointment of the Fijian Amena Yauvoli as new director-general of the Melanesian Spearhead Group. Mr Yauvoli’s selection to the position was confirmed last week by the MSG chairman, Solomon Islands prime minister Manasseh Sogavare. However, Vanuatu’s prime minister Charlot Salwai objected, saying the appointment was to have been settled […]

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Papua named worst region for income equality, Babel the best

The vast, mineral-rich province of Papua has the worst income equality in the country, with a Gini ratio of 0.43 percent, exceeding the national ratio of 0.4, according to the Central Statistics Agency’s (BPS) latest report. Yogyakarta, West Java and Jakarta also recorded above-average gaps of inequality. At the opposite end of the scale, Bangka Belitung (Babel) province recorded the […]

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