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BRISBANE Just a few days ago, an important tweet appeared in my Twitter timeline from Governor Gary Juffa of Oro Province in Papua New Guinea.
"Today completed inspection of ongoing operations at Collingwood, Oro Province, the tweet read. All equipment and logs impounded. Illegal logging operations stopped. Addressed community to inform them of actions taken on their behalf including engagement of lawyer to commence civil proceedings."
These were Governor Juffas words said after his decisive actions. A leader by tradition is the one who goes ahead in the fray, giving full measure to being the first, and being seen to do that by his followers.
Governor Juffa also tweeted: "It is very worrying that PNG Forest Authority are now so silent and not acting against illegal loggers in Oro. This is totally hypocritical of the govts claim that it is taking stringent steps against illegal logging."
The leadership that he exemplifies is precisely the lead that ought to have come from PNG Forest Authority. And he rightfully decries the silence from PNGFA.
Public servants in provinces corroborate with PNGFA officials and dubious landowners to award permits via the PNGFA Board to log chunks of land of 500 hectares to logging pirates on the pretext of tree growing and agricultural projects, Governor Juffa wrote on Facebook.
These are the same plunderers who pay no taxes and have planted no trees or...
STAFF REPORTER | Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch
AUCKLAND - Advocacy group West Papua Action Auckland has urged New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern to raise human rights and the suffering of the people of Indonesian-ruled West Papua when she meets with President Widodo tomorrow.
President Joko Jokowi Widodo, the leader of the largest economy in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is in New Zealand for a two-day visit.
The West Papua action group released a statement by spokeswoman Maire Leadbeater.
OUR Melanesian neighbours in West Papua are suffering grievously and must not be overlooked for the sake of good relations or markets for our goods.
For 55 years West Papuan people have been seeking freedom from repressive military rule, imposed on them in a scandalously unfair process. The loss of life is estimated to be at least 100,000.
Even though the struggle is now mainly about peaceful protest, petitions and diplomacy there is no let up in security force crack-downs.
In the last three years the police have adopted a strategy of arresting demonstrators en masse, and thanks to a police chief edict, organisations deemed separatist are denied the opportunity to hold any kind of gathering.
This is a blatant breach of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to which Indonesia is a signatory.
Yanto Awerkion, a young activist who was promoting an petition calling for the UN decolonisation committee to become involved, has now spent over 9 months in jail on a treason charge. He will be released shortly thanks to international pressure.
Last year the International Coalition for Papua documented 10 cases of extrajudicial killings, when the victims were either shot dead during security force operations or tortured to death in custody.
West Papuans say that they are experiencing slow genocide and this...
By Denis Bright With its surging population growth, economic volatility and internal income divide, many of our neighbours in Papua-New Guinea (PNG) are having difficulty coping with the everyday challenges of globalization. Official economic growth rates are artificially elevated by the commercial export sectors in oil, natural gas, minerals, timber products as well as traditional
The post Near Neighbours PNG: New Fault-lines in the Tropics appeared first on The AIM Network.
Radio New Zealand | 15 March
Tensions are rising in Temotu as an Australian miners licences to prospect and operate in the Solomon Islands province approach their expiry date.
Pacific Bauxite secured a prospecting license in 2016 with the support of some local landowners and obtained a provincial business license, after a change in the local government, to begin working on Nende Island.
But it has met with stiff opposition from other landowning groups who accuse the company of operating illegally and are trying to take it to court.
Koroi Hawkins has more audio link
Australian Mining | March 15, 2018
St Barbara has resumed full operations at the Simberi gold mine in Papua New Guinea following illegal industrial action at the site.
The Australian gold miner halted production at the site last week for safety reasons as management attempted to resolve the dispute.
In an ASX announcement, St Barbara reported that a contingent of the mines workforce initiated the industrial action. Around 40 per cent of the mines workforce remained at work during the stoppage, it added.
Mediation, led by representatives from the PNG Department of Labour and Industrial Relations, has since resolved the stoppage, with full operations resuming late yesterday.
The stoppage was primarily due to misunderstandings regarding leave provisions and other employment conditions, which have now been clarified, according to St Bar...
Iva Danford | Fiji Village | 16 March 2018
A total of $1.61 million has been paid out to the four landowning units in Nawailevu village in Vanua Levu in premium and rental returns.
This was highlighted by the Minister for Land and Mineral Resources Faiyaz Koya who says that the Mataqali, Nalutu received $85,893.45 in rock royalty payments.
Koya says that 11 Yavusas in the Districts of Lekutu and Navakasiga in Bua have received fishing rights compensation amounting to $275,000.
He says the other benefits enjoyed by the landowners are the trucks purchased from the lease money that have been used for business purposes like transportation of staff, school children and other mataqali needs.
Koya says that the Mataqali Naicobo purchased a 3-tonne carrier to transport workers, school children and attended to other mataqali commitments.
He says that the Mataqali Nalutu has utilized their lease monies for hous...
|Families in Hulia-Beleria displaced by
the February 26, 2018, earthquake which struck Hela province, Papua
New Guinea. Photo: David Helo / United Church in Hela
EDITORIAL | The Saturday Paper | Extract
MELBOURNE - Here is a headline from November 2015: Australian tax dollars funding PNG corruption, AFP whistleblower says.
And from the same month: Turnbull government accused of ignoring PNG human rights abuses to preserve Manus Island detention centre deal.
Here is a headline from June 2015: Bishop calls for calm after PNG deaths.
And again: Australia offers PNG government help to prevent unrest after police shooting of student protesters.
Here is Australias crude foreign policy, by turns cheap and buccaneering.
Julie Bishops response to police violence in Port Moresby ignored the systemic corruption in Papua New Guinea. It continued a blindness that stumbles, grasping and inept, back to the detention centre on Manus Island. It is the perfect expression of Australias stunted place in the region.
The selling of arms to a government accused of war crimes is one thing. So is the bugging of a developing nation to exploit their natural resources. So is the training of a military force engaged in a suspected genocide. So, too, the arbitrary cutting of aid at a time of unprecedented humanitarian need.
Australias relationship with the world is increasingly mean and self-interested. In Papua New Guinea there exists its coarsest manifestation: Australia would let an entire country fail for its own brief advantage.
Australias foreign policy amounts to pushing a government to act against its own constitution and, on our behalf, imprison hundreds of refugees in an island camp. While this happens, we ignore corruption and economic collapse. Basic institutions fail. The trade-off is that a small and struggling country looks after our human rights abuses for us.
To see Australia in the world is to see a kind of numb amorality. All this happens, and no one seems to care....
SCOTT WAIDE | My Land, My Country / Pacific Media Watch
LAE - One month after the incident, Morobe Governor Ginson Saonu has apologised for an assault on Lae-based Post-Courier journalist Frankiy Kapin.
Governor Saonu told the media that the staff member who assaulted Mr Kapin has been sacked and new staff have been appointed.
The governor received strong criticism after he delayed making a public statement to condemn the assault by staff member while the matter was in court.
This led to a month-long standoff between journalists and the governors office during which all media events by the Morobe provincial government were turned down.
The staff member concerned has been terminated from his job as an administration officer as a result of the incident and for bringing the office of the Governor into disrepute, he said.
I am setting this precedent as a warning to all of my staff as well as staff within the Department of Morobe that I will not tolerate violence of any sort.
Journalists from media organisations welcomed the governors statement.
Senior journalists said the stand-off began primarily because it was difficult to get official answers from the governors office on various issues, including an investigation into the spending of K44 million by the previous administration.
Personally, I dont want this stand-off to continue, said NBCs Gabriel Lahoc, responding to the governors statement. It is detrimental to the development of the province and to the people. But we have to make a stand against violence.
EMTV journalist Julie Badui-Owa, who was also threatened during the assault, said it was important that media integrity was protected.
|PNG Air ATR at Kagamuga Airport in Mt Hagen.|
Barlow Park on Saturday, March 17 6pm
Head-to-Head: PNG 4 Pride 3
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All the attention may have been on Todd Carney last weekend in his return to Australian football but his young halves partner Jake Clifford impressed with his performance, scoring two tries.
BY NELLIE SETEPANO, Post Courier
AN illegal logging company operating in Northern Province was shut down and 13 Asians without work permits were locked up at the Popondetta cells.
Northern Province Police have confirmed the shutdown of the illegal logging company known as Northern Forest Products at Collingwood Bay, Wanigela with thousands of logs and heavy equipment impounded. All logs and equipment will be moved to Oro Bay.
Provincial Police Commander Chief Inspector Lincoln Gerari said police had acted on advise from National Forest Authority to move onto the site and shut it down after its illegal operations on 45,000 hectares state land that consists of portions 135, 136 and 137.
We moved in last Friday and caught them off guard, the Asians were cooking pumpkins, and then fled into the bushes and our men went after them, Gerari said.
When caught, the men complained that they were never fed properly and or paid by the site manager since arriving last September.
Police said the loggers...
Multi-hazard monitoring and warning systems best practice is a way forward for Papua New Guinea to prepare for national disasters digitally.
Ruel Yamuni, chair of the Emergency Preparedness Working Group meeting said that this would help in efficient data collection and processing.
Papua New Guinea experiences natural disasters such as draught, flood, landslide, tsunami, king tides, wild fire, frost, cyclone and volcanic eruption that affect the people and finding solution to them is vital.
That can be achieved through harnessing inclusive opportunities and embracing the digital future.
This will help to identify and document specific digital technologies and procedures, which best practice in communicating warnings lead to impact prevention and mitigation and in doing so it contributes to better preparedness and risk expansion of the scientific knowledge to improve warning through research and technology,...
|New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters|
Last month I was among some 100+ people who attended a special pre-opening at the Drill Hall Gallery of Nick Danzigers Revisited exhibition as part of the 2018 Australasian Aid Conference. Its an exhibition that I was enormously pleased to see arrive in Canberra. After viewing it three years prior at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University in New York, I had worked with the Development Policy Centre, Nick Danziger, and the Drill Hall Gallery to bring it to Australia.
It was easy to see why the opening drew such a crowd. Danziger, an internationally-renowned photographer and documentary film-maker, is also a passionate advocate for human rights and development, and a compelling speaker. And what stories he had to tell.
The genesis of Revisited was a commission Danziger received from World Vision in 2005 to visit eight of the poorest countries in the world to show the contribution that charities such as itself were making to the achievement of the eight Millennium Development Goals. The work took Danziger to Armenia, Bolivia, Cambodia, Honduras, India, Niger, Uganda and Zambia. What he found was that while schools were being built and wells dug, systemic change was only occurring in those places where it was driven by government policy, and they were the exception rather than the rule.
Danziger decided to document those people who were not being reached by development projects, and he realised that to gain a true understanding of the dynamics of poverty that he was witnessing, one visit wouldnt be enough. Independently of World Vision, Danziger went back in 2010 and once more in 2015 to the same places, to try to find the same people and see how their lives had changed.
When people are living in countries where basic services and essential infrastructure dont exist or dont work, its something of a challenge to keep track of them. Yet, somewhat astonishingly, and with substantial local help, Danziger managed in both 2010 and 2015 to find all but one of the individuals he met in 2005. As a result, Revisited tells a series of stories of children, young people and their families, and the trajectory of development in their countries over a decade.
At the pre-opening, Danziger shared the backgrounds to gathering some of these stories, bringing us a step closer into the lives of those he met. Happy endings were few and far between, but they were there among the people he met in India and Bolivia, for example. It is in these countries where evolving or new laws had combined with the determination of individuals and communities to bring about positive change, including improved rights and protection for transgender people in Tamil Nadu in India, and hi...
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