Pacific Scoop

Archive for October, 2015

AI accuses Australian border officials of ‘lawless’ actions on asylum-seekers

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Graphic: Amnesty International

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Pacific Media Watch

New evidence gathered by Amnesty International suggests that Australia’s maritime border control operations now resemble a lawless venture with evidence of criminal activity, pay-offs to boat crews and abusive treatment of women, men and children seeking asylum.

Through interviews with asylum-seekers, a boat crew and Indonesian police, a new report – By hook or by crook – exposes evidence that, in May 2015, Australian officials working as part of Operation Sovereign Borders paid six crew who had been taking 65 people seeking asylum to New Zealand US$32,000 and told them to take the people to Indonesia instead. The Australians also provided maps showing the crew where to land in Indonesia.

Witness testimonies backed by video footage reveal how the intervention by Australian officials endangered the lives of the people seeking asylum by transferring them to different boats that did not have enough fuel, and how the incident fits into a wider pattern of abusive so-called “turnbacks” or “pushbacks” of boats. Read more »

Waiheke Island One of 2016’s Top 10 Regions

Press Release – Lonely Planet

Leading global travel authority Lonely Planet has chosen Waiheke Island, New Zealand as one of the worlds Top 10 Regions for next year in LONELY PLANETS BEST IN TRAVEL 2016 , published today. Read more »

Inclusion of persons with disabilities

Press Release – Pacific Disability Forum

The inclusion of persons with disabilities and their representative organisations in community interventions for climate change adaptation will enhance their livelihood and quality of life, said Pacific Disability Forum CEO Mr. Setareki Macanawai … Read more »

University students to study flood affected village in Fiji

Press Release – University of Auckland

University of Auckland students are heading to Fiji this Sunday to study how a local community has adapted after three serious floods in a decade. The trip is part of the universitys Development Studies programme, where Professor Andreas Neef is … Read more »

An update from Hon Amy Adams

Column – Amy Adams

The latest New Zealand Crime and Safety Survey (NZCASS) released earlier this month shows that personal and household crime has reduced by a third over five years. Read more »

McClay attends Pacific Trade Ministers Meeting

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Hon Todd McClay Minister of Trade 27 October 2015 McClay attends Pacific Trade Ministers Meeting Associate Trade Minister Hon Todd McClay is travelling to the Cook Islands to attend the Pacific Islands Forum Trade Ministers Meeting this week. Trade is … Read more »

Normal Water Supply for Painapiu Place

Press Release – Water Authority of Fiji

Residents of Painapiu Place in Nakasi will now be able to receive normal water supply during peak hours after the Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) resolved the issue of intermittent supply in the area. Read more »

NZ coordinates rescue of 36 fishermen

Press Release – Maritime New Zealand

This evening the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) has coordinated the rescue of 36 crew from a Papua New Guinean fishing ship. Read more »

Tokelau Language Week celebrated

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Plant a seed today, for the future generation. That is the theme for Tokelau Language Week which begins today. Read more »

An Announcement by the Asian Human Rights Commission

Press Release – Asian Human Rights Commission

This week AHRC TV first turns to the Philippines, where civil society organisations, including the Asian Human Rights Commission, recently launched a campaign to stop military harassment and killings of Lumads, an indigenous group in Mindanao. Massive … Read more »

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