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Postcard from NY#6 – Statements from our Region (Australia)

Press Release – femLINKPACIFIC

“When we talk about conflict prevention, we are talking not just about involving women in preventative diplomacy,” said Ambassador Phillipa King, the Permanent Representative of Australia to the United Nations, “We also speak of the much … Read more »

Women, Peace and Security

Press Release – femLINKPACIFIC

Statement by H.E. Philippa King Ambassador and Acting Permanent Representative of Australia to the United Nations Read more »

Indonesian police admit receiving Freeport ‘lunch money’ worth $64m

Papua armed police

Armed police officers patrol the streets of Jayapura, West Papua. National Police chief Gen. Timur Pradopo has admitted that his officers receive funds from PT Freeport Indonesia. Photo: Antara

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Farouk Arnaz

Indonesian police have admitted what much of the country has long known – that they have accepted millions of dollars from the US-owned  Freeport Indonesia to provide security for the miner’s operations in Papua.

National Police chief Gen. Timur Pradopo called the payments ‘lunch money’ paid in addition to state-allocated security funding.

“It was operational funding given directly to police personnel to help them make ends meet,” he said. Read more »

New Zealand to support mine clearance in the West Bank

Press Release – Campaign Against Landmines

(Wellington: 29 October 2011) The New Zealand Campaign Against Landmines (CALM) welcomes the government’s decision to contribute $2.8 million to mine clearance efforts in the West Bank of the Occupied Palestinian Territories. It is disappointed that … Read more »

Fiji Union Leader Arrested Again

Press Release – New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

On Saturday 29th October, Daniel Urai, President of the Fiji Trade Union Congress was arrested at the Nadi Airport by Police and detained at the Airport Police Station. Daniel Urai was returning to Fiji from the CHOGM meeting in Perth. Read more »

Wreck in PNG likely to be a Japanese submarine

Press Release – Australian Defence Force

Wreck in PNG likely to be a Japanese submarine The uncharted wreck found yesterday, off Rabaul in Papua New Guinea, is likely to be a World War II Japanese submarine. Underwater vision taken by the Australian Minehunter, HMAS Gascoyne shows the wreck … Read more »

ALCP Candidate List Released

Press Release – ALCP

The Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party is pleased to announce its candidate list for the 2011 general election. Read more »

Green MP calls on NZ to pull out community police from West Papua

Papua mine protest

West Papuan miners at Freeport-McMoRan protest over wages and working conditions in a recent rally outside the local parliament in Tinika. Photo: Pacific Scoop

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By the PMC news desk

Green MP Catherine Delahunty has called on New Zealand to recall its community police unit from the Indonesian-ruled territory of West Papua, saying the training programme has been compromised by the brutal suppression of self-determination.

She told an Australian international radio programme yesterday that she would call on Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully to review the “whole scheme” because Papuan human rights had been undermined in the past few weeks.

At least six people were killed in last week’s crushing of the Third Papuan People’s Congress by military and paramilitary police forces in the capital Jayapura following weeks of unrest at the giant US-owned Freeport-McMoRan gold and copper mine near Timika. Read more »

Indonesia: Independent Investigation Needed Into Papua

Press Release – Human Rights Watch

*** To download high-resolution pictures click here: www.hrwnews.org/press/papua_indonesia.zip (New York, October 28, 2011) – Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono should immediately establish an independent investigation into the deaths of at least three … Read more »

Speech – Turia: Pacific Community and youth fono

Press Release – The Maori Party

Pacific Community and youth fono : Hopes and Dreams – Achieving Dreams brings new challenges Te Akapuanga Hall, Cannons Creek;Porirua Thursday 27 October 2011, 5.30pm Speech (delivered by Ana Bidois on behalf of Minister Turia) Kia orana! Ni sa bula … Read more »

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