Category: South Pacific

PNG welcome West Papua refugees

Port Moresby, PAPUA NEW GUINEA – October 15, 2019: 10am (NBC NEWS PNG): Papua New Guinea will stand ready to welcome refugees from West Papua if they decide to seek refuge in the country. Prime Minister James Marape made these remarks…
West Papuan refugees welcome in PNG – PM

Papua New Guinea’s prime minister says his country stands ready to welcome more refugees from West Papua. James Marape was responding to questions in Parliament yesterday about the deteriorating human rights situation on the Indonesian side of the border. He…
Melanesian Spearhead Group Role on West Papua Issue

By Ambassador Brian Yombon-Copio West Papua has ongoing issues on human rights abuses and atrocities committed by Indonesia’s guided democracy regime. They have suffered for far too long on their motherland and felt that they should exist as an independent…
Shop closed at border

By CLIFFORD FAIPARIK and REBECCA KUKU AN Indonesian shopping centre frequented by Papua New Guineans at the border with Indonesia has been closed indefinitely after a clash between rebels and Indonesian soldiers. This was confirmed yesterday by PNG Consular-General Geoffrey…
Vanuatu PM calls for UN action on West Papua

Vanuatu’s prime minister has again pressed the United Nations General Assembly over human rights abuses in West Papua. During his speech in New York, Charlot Salwai lamented how some Pacific territories are yet to break the shackles of colonialism. Mr…
WPRA Congratulates New Tuvalu Prime Minister

In a statement issued today, Secretary-General of West Papua Revolutionary Army (WPRA), one of the tree affiliate commands of West Papua Army (WPA), congratulates Kausea Natano as new PM of Tuvalu . The Secretary-General of WPRA, Amunggut Tabi, Gen. WPRA…
Vanuatu and Solomons raise Papua at UN rights council

Vanuatu and Solomon Islands have raised the issue of human rights abuses against West Papuans at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. The two governments made a statement which also noted that Indonesia had not yet given access to…
Tonga’s Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva dies aged 78

Pacific Beat By Pacific affairs reporter Liam Fox and Michael Walsh Tonga’s Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva has died at the age of 78. Key points: Mr Pohiva had been suffering from pneumonia and liver problems He spent years campaigning against royal involvement in the…
Late Tongan PM ‘Akilisi Pohiva remembered as ‘beacon of democracy’

Akilisi Pohiva, a school teacher who evolved into the leading figure of Tonga’s democracy movement to eventually become prime minister, died today. He was 78. His death was confirmed by the government this morning. Tonga’s parliament has been adjourned indefinitely, and Mr…