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Archive for January, 2010

‘Militant’ film on occupation of Hawai’i wins special festival jury prize

Winners and VIPs at the FIFO awards in Pape'ete (from left): Noho Hewa director Anne Keala Kelly is pictured fifth from left. Photo: FIFO

Pacific Scoop:
By Ana Currie in Pape’ete

Hawai’ian filmmaker Anne Keala Kelly’s newly released documentary Noho Hewa: The Wrongful Occupation of Hawai‘i was awarded a special jury prize at this week’s Festival International Du Film Documentaire Oceanien (FIFO) in Tahiti. Read more »

New UN envoy assesses progress of Timorese police

Press Release – United Nations

On her first district visits since assuming the top United Nations post in Timor-Leste, Ameerah Haq this week saw first-hand the strides made by the Timorese police force, who are gradually assuming responsibility from the world body’s peacekeeping force. Read more »

Human rights groups plan new protests against Papuan kwila sales

Pacific Press Release – Indonesia Human Rights Committee

The Indonesia Human Rights Committee and activists from Rainforest Action will demonstrate outside the premises of ‘Devon Lifestyle’ at 308 Ti Rakau Drive, East Tamaki, at 12 noon on Saturday 30 January. Read more »

Maiava speaks out on ‘green growth’ policy for Asia-Pacific

Press Release – UNICEF

[Suva, Fiji – 29 January, 2010] – In light of the current economic crisis, aligning development approaches to environmental sustainability is the best solution to rebuild more resilient, socially inclusive economies. Read more »

West Papua: Who’s there to blame now that Kwalik is dead?

Pacific Press Release – West Papua Media Alerts

The shooting incident against a bus transporting employees of Freeport at Mile 60-61 on Sunday morning reminds us of the OPM leader, the late Kelly Kwalik. If this shooting had occurred while Kwalik was still around, he would certainly have been blamed for … Read more »

Papuans rally to gain international support for UN political review

"Freedom is ours": A protester holds a poster that reads “Indonesia, be honest in recognising the freedom of our West Papuan nation” during a rally demanding a referendum in Timika, Papua. Photo: Markus Makur/JP

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By Markus Makur in Timika

About 1500 Papuans in Mimika have staged a rally to support the registration of the International Parliamentarians for West Papua and the International Lawyers for West Papua at the European Union in Brussels the same day. Read more »

Fiji regime needs to create independent judiciary, says CCF

Pacific Press Release – Citizens Constitutional Forum

The Interim Government needs to take immediate steps to create an enabling environment for an independent judiciary in Fiji, so that confidence in the judiciary can be restored, says the Citizens’ Constitutional Forum (CCF) Read more »

Ingruber talks of disasters, education in Australia Day address in Solomon Islands

Speech – Australian High Commission

Prime Minister, The Hon Dr Derek Sikua Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade, The Hon William Haomae, Ministers, Members of Parliament, Diplomatic colleagues, Distinguished guests, Ladies and gentlemen, Read more »

Pacific skills help ADF support deployment in Haiti

Press Release – Australian Department Of Defence

The Australian Defence Force’s contribution to the relief effort in Haiti commenced today with the initial deployment of Royal Australian Air Force Air Traffic Controllers (ATC). Read more »

Horta asks PM to reshuffle East Timorese cabinet

President Ramos Horta ... worried about East Timor's reputation for corruption. Photo: AP

Pacific Scoop:
By a special correspondent in Dili

President José Ramos Horta has asked East Timor’s Prime Minister, Xanana Gusmao to reshuffle the coalition government of the Majority Parliamentary Alliance (AMP) block amid ongoing allegations of corruption because “the time has come”. Read more »

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