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Women campaigners take on Pacific militarisation and human rights

Filmmaker Anne Keala Kelly

Hawai’ian filmmaker Anne Keala Kelly (second from right) with campaigners against militarisation in the Pacific at the WILPF conference in Auckland last night. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

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Report – by the Pacific Media Centre news desk

Women campaigners from across the Pacific gathered on ANZAC Day in New Zealand for a three-day hui about militarisation of the region and called for indigenous people’s rights before “corporate rights” in development.

Organised by the Aotearoa Section of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), New Zealand’s oldest peace movement, activists have come from Australia, Fiji, Japan, New Zealand, the Philippines and Tahiti to the conference hosted at AUT University in Auckland by the Pacific Media Centre.

Last night the powerful documentary Noho Hewa: The Wrongful Occupation of Hawai’i by Anne Keala Kelly about the “recolonisation” of the islands by American economic and business interests and the desecration of sacred lands was screened.

Today the militarisation and “coup culture” of Fiji and the military bases in Okinawa, Hawai’i and the Philippines will be discussed.

Indonesian repression in West Papua will also be featured.

Anna Majavu’s special reports on the WILPF conference:
‘Real’ American military occupation of Hawai’i exposed by doco

High social cost of militarisation explored at Asia-Pacific conference