Appeals Court Refuses to Block Release of Guantánamo Force-Feeding Videos

2/5/15; Cora Currier @coracurrier A federal appeals court on Friday decided not to block the release of controversial videotapes of a prisoner being force fed at Guantánamo Bay, as the U.S. government had requested. But it’s still not clear when the public might actually see the videos. Sixteen media organizations, including The Intercept’s publisher First […] read more…

West Papua’s Rightful Place (4)

22/5/15; Benny Wenda; Port Moresby In one month’s time, the eyes of the Pacific will turn to Melanesia as our leaders gather in Honiara to decide on West Papua’s membership of the Melanesian Spearhead Group. For more than 50 years, my people have suffered a creeping genocide under a repressive Indonesian military occupation that is […] read more…

Australia receives strong criticism from PM

Semi Turaga; 29/5/15 Australia has received strong criticism from the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama for dragging its feet and refusing to sign up to the binding cuts on carbon emissions that is needed to fight climate change in the Pacific. Bainimarama made these comments while presenting Fiji’s address as the Chairperson for the 71st session […] read more…

Ban On Aussie Travel To Bougainville Stands: PNG Minister

PNG Post-Courier, 29/5/15; Isaac Nicholas Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister Rimbink Pato is adamant that the travel ban imposed on Australians to Bougainville is still in place until a solution is reached between both countries. Mr Pato told Parliament during Question Time that he and the Prime Minister had discussed some of these issues on […] read more…

Dozens arrested, tortured in Timor-Leste crackdown, says AI

13/5/15; Pacific Scoop: Dozens of people have been arbitrarily arrested and tortured or ill-treated by Timor-Leste security forces as part of security operations in the Baucau district. There are ongoing concerns for their safety, says Amnesty International. The Timor-Leste security forces have carried out the arrests and ill-treatment in Laga and Baguia in Baucau district […] read more…

Indonesian foreign minister blocks PNG media questions on West Papua (3)

28/2/15; Comments Off ; Indonesian foreign minister blocks PNG media questions on West Papua Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi has arrived in Papua New Guinea at the start of a three-country tour through the Pacific, saying the aim of the trip is to strengthen relations with PNG, Solomon Islands and Fiji. Radio Australia reported that […] read more…

Deported Benny Wenda was on ‘thank you’ mission to PNG for West Papuans (2)

27/3/15 Joy Kisselpar in Port Moresby West Papua’s Benny Wenda at Port Moresby’s Jacksons International Airport yesterday before being deported. West Papua roving ambassador Benny Wenda says he came to Papua New Guinea to personally thank Prime Minister Peter O’Neill for voicing concern and support for the West Papuan struggle. Wenda made these comments while […] read more…

Critics slam new Bougainville mining law as ‘forgetting history’

27/3/15; Pacific Scoop: Aloysius Laukai in Kubu The controversial Bougainville Mining Bill has been passed by the Autonomous Bougainville Government parliament and has been immediately condemned by critics as “forgetting history”. The bill went through the third reading to become a Bougainville law yesterday. It has been adopted in spite of all the negotiations and […] read more…

Waves of activists arrested during Papua rallies (1)

30/5/15; Indonesia – Pacific Media Centre; Jakarta Waves of activists arrested during Papua rallies, claim groups The Papuan representative organisation, the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), says as many as 30 activists from the National Committee for West Papua (KNPB) have been arrested in Indonesia. The KNPB has been pushing for freedom of […] read more…

Child sex abuse claims shake UN as revelations continue

31/5/15; Africa The boys said they approached the French soldiers because they were hungry. Some were so young they didn’t quite understand the acts the soldiers demanded in return. One boy, 8 or 9 years old, said he did it several times to the same soldier, “until one day an older kid saw him and […] read more…

‘No finger-pointing’ in Rohingya refugee talks (7)

31/5/15 Bangkok A conference aimed at addressing the swelling tide of boat people in Southeast Asia has ended with Myanmar warning “finger-pointing” will not help. But delegates agreed on the need to keep talking. Representatives of 17 countries affected by the crisis, along with the US and Japan and officials from organisations such as the […] read more…

Rising xenophobia in Sicily at the ‘boat people’ (6)

28/5/15; Rosie Scammell Italians grow weary of asylum seekers amid the steady flow of migrants and the country’s economic woes. – Catania, Italy Ata bustling market in Catania, as people went about their morning shopping, Giuseppe Sapienza ran his juice stand and reflected on the latest wave of boat migrants to reach the Sicilian city.”Too […] read more…

More than 4,200 migrants rescued in Mediterranean as crisis grows (5)

30/5/15; Europe African and Mideast migrants saved in 22 operations involving ships from Italy, Ireland, Germany, Belgium and Britain More than 4,200 migrants trying to reach Europe have been rescued from boats in the Mediterranean in last 24 hours, the Italian coastguard said on Saturday. In some of the most intense Mediterranean migrant traffic of […] read more…

NSW offers regional visas to refugees (4)

31/5/15; AAP Asylum seekers who bypass the city for the country will be settled in NSW regional towns as the state becomes the first to sign up to Australia’s new Safe Haven Enterprise Visa scheme. The five-year visas, introduced last year, will be an option for refugees prepared to work or study outside of Sydney, […] read more…

Migrant crisis: Hundreds to be taken to Rakhine state (3)

31/5/15 AFP More than 700 migrants found crammed into a fishing boat by Myanmar’s navy will be taken to the country’s troubled Rakhine state, a local official. He said all those on board were from Bangladesh. A total of 727 people, including 74 women and 45 children, were discovered in the hull of a vessel […] read more…

In Myanmar, attacking the Rohingya is good politics (2) 29/5/15; Joseph Schatz @jjschatz

Plight of thousands of boat people draws international criticism, but locally, persecution works at the polls Hundreds of protesters, including a small group of crimson-robed Buddhist monks, gathered on a dusty soccer field Wednesday afternoon and began marching through the traffic-clogged streets of Myanmar’s former capital. But while other recent demonstrations here have ended in […] read more…
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