Category: South Pacific

Vanuatu protests and raises disappointment with French President

The Office of Prime Minister Charlot Salwai, has made it known that a letter was sent to French President, Emmanuel Macron, to express Vanuatu’s disappointment and protest against the France for sending its warship to Matthew and Hunter. In a statement,…
Revision of French Polynesia autonomy statute approved

PAPE’ETE, 22 FEBRUARY 2019 (RNZ PACIFIC) – The French Senate has fully approved a revision of French Polynesia’s autonomy statute. The reform is contained in two laws which have finally been adopted unanimously after being voted on last week. The…
Pacific govts ‘should consider seabed mining impacts’

THE Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organisation (PIANGO) has cautioned Pacific Islands governments to recognise the risks of seabed mining on marine environments, cultures and livelihoods. PIANGO Executive Director Emele Duituturaga while reaffirming their position in the continued call for…
Movement to push U.S. military out of Pacific Islands comes to Seattle

Three activists from the Indigenous communities of Okinawa, Guam, and Hawai’i will be speaking in Seattle later this month about efforts to remove U.S. military bases from the native lands in the Pacific. Tina Grandinetti, Kisha Borja-Quichocho Calvo and Ruth Aloua…
Call for Pacific regional groups to investigate Papua chemical attacks

The United Liberation Movement for West Papua is calling for Pacific regional groups to investigate the alleged use of chemical weapons in Indonesia’s Papua region. The movement’s chair, Benny Wenda, said the Pacific Islands Forum and the Melanesian Spearhead Group…
Human Rights Watch calls for end to killings in Papua

Human Rights Watch is calling on Papuan militants to stop unlawful killings, after a massacre of Indonesians took place in the Highlands region. The West Papua Liberation Army has claimed resposibility for the murders of at least 16 construction workers…
31 people have been killed in West Papua. Why?

The construction workers were shot dead by separatist rebels in Indonesia’s Papua province, marking the region’s deadliest bout of violence in years. What happened? Every December 1, West Papuan separatists pay homage to what they call their ‘independence day’. Many…
Ngangan announces plan for selling of Apec assets

By LUKE KAMA, the National PNG THE Central Supplies and Tenders Board (CSTB) will start the public disposal process of assets purchased and owned by the PNG Apec Coordination Authority soon, acting chairman Dr Ken Ngangan says. Ngangan also the…