Category: South Pacific

Papua New Guinea’s prime minister says his country stands ready to welcome more refugees from West Papua. James Marape was responding to questions in Parliament yesterday about the deteriorating human rights situation on the Indonesian side of the border. He…

By Ambassador Brian Yombon-Copio West Papua has ongoing issues on human rights abuses and atrocities committed by Indonesia’s guided democracy regime. They have suffered for far too long on their motherland and felt that they should exist as an independent…

By CLIFFORD FAIPARIK and REBECCA KUKU AN Indonesian shopping centre frequented by Papua New Guineans at the border with Indonesia has been closed indefinitely after a clash between rebels and Indonesian soldiers. This was confirmed yesterday by PNG Consular-General Geoffrey…

Vanuatu’s prime minister has again pressed the United Nations General Assembly over human rights abuses in West Papua. During his speech in New York, Charlot Salwai lamented how some Pacific territories are yet to break the shackles of colonialism. Mr…

by Stefan Armbruster, Tess Newton Cain, DevPolicy “Save Tuvalu, save the world” sang school children as they greeted the Pacific’s leaders on arrival to what became a showdown pitting the region against Australia. This was no ambush, but had been…

In a statement issued today, Secretary-General of West Papua Revolutionary Army (WPRA), one of the tree affiliate commands of West Papua Army (WPA), congratulates Kausea Natano as new PM of Tuvalu . The Secretary-General of WPRA, Amunggut Tabi, Gen. WPRA…

Vanuatu and Solomon Islands have raised the issue of human rights abuses against West Papuans at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. The two governments made a statement which also noted that Indonesia had not yet given access to…

Pacific Beat By Pacific affairs reporter Liam Fox and Michael Walsh Tonga’s Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva has died at the age of 78. Key points: Mr Pohiva had been suffering from pneumonia and liver problems He spent years campaigning against royal involvement in the…

Akilisi Pohiva, a school teacher who evolved into the leading figure of Tonga’s democracy movement to eventually become prime minister, died today. He was 78. His death was confirmed by the government this morning. Tonga’s parliament has been adjourned indefinitely, and Mr…

September 5, 2019, The NationalNational  FOREIGN Affairs and International Trade Minister Soroi Eoe says the current uprising in West Papua is an “internal Indonesia issue”. Eoe told Parliament yesterday that it “did not matter how everyone felt” the issue was…