Category: Human Rights

Inquiry into Samoa’s Family Violence set for ‘public hearing’ phase – a first for Pacific

Starting in September in Samoa, the ‘public hearings’ phase of a human rights inquiry into family violence will take place across Savaii and Upolu. This particular phase of the 18-month Inquiry will last for...

REEF ROBBERS: Who’s paying? New pressures for Pacific surveillance from Vietnam’s Blue Boats

“As we deal with the Vietnamese blue boat issue, technically this is not within the FFA’s mandate. So we will be looking for a full mandate from member countries.” James Movick, FFA Director General.

PACIFIC FIRST: Fiji diplomat elected President of the United Nations

Fifth generation Fijian, Peter Thomson, Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations has been elected President of the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). In the largely ceremonial but prestigious post,...

CLIMATE REFUGEE: Kiribati and Tuvalu community petition NZ govt for Ioane Teitioata

Tomorrow afternoon, Mr Ioane Teitioata will be deported to Kiribati unless Associate Immigration Minister, Craig Foss uses his executive power to intervene. Mr Teitioata’s fight to stay in New Zealand is well documented where...

NZ govt plays mum on West Papua position heading to Pacific leaders summit

West Papua is one of five priority items confirmed for Pacific leaders to discuss and decide on a course of action when they meet in Papua New Guinea next month. A visit by a...

Samoa launches first State of Human Rights report focus on equality, women, disabled people and prisoners

The report, labeled ‘For Samoa, By Samoa’ due to the extensive consultations across Upolu, Savai’i, Manono and Apolima, provides a comprehensive assessment of major human rights issues in Samoa today and examines the relationship between Fa’a Samoa (Samoan Way) and Human Rights.

International Youth Day: “Its up to us to hold world leaders to their promises”

“World leaders are making big decisions this year about the most important issues our generation faces. It is down to us to make sure they make big promises, and to ensure that those promises are kept for our and future generations.” Pefi Kingi QSM.

Pacific Parliamentarians adopt the Pipitea Declaration on human rights

On the week that Wellington celebrated 150 years as the capital of New Zealand, Commonwealth parliamentarians from the Pacific region adopted the Pipitea Declaration to protect and promote human rights at a seminar in Wellington. On...