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Indonesia: New Counterterrorism Law Imperils Rights
Revise Act to Uphold Protections While Meeting Security Concerns
June 20, 2018 7:45PM EDT
(New York) The Indonesian government should seek to amend provisions in the newly enacted counterterrorism law (CT Law) that threaten human rights protections, Human Rights Watch said in a letter sent on June 11, 2018, to President Joko Jokowi Widodo and other officials.
After suicide bombings by attackers aligned with the Islamic State in the city of Surabaya in May, Indonesias parliament on May 25 approved long-pending revisions to the CT Law. While the new law contains some improvements, it risks undermining human rights and could weaken efforts to counter extremist threats.
The Indonesian governments counterterrorism measures should not come at the expense of fundamental rights, said Brad Adams, Asia director. The new counterterrorism law has provisions that will facilitate rights violations by authorities and ultimately undermine public safety.
The new law relies on an overbroad and ambiguous definition of terrorism. The definition could be used to target peaceful political activities of indigenous groups, environmental advocates, and religious or political organizations.
The CT Law also allows for prolonged pre-charge and pre-trial detention that increases the likelihood of torture and other ill-treatment in custody. It extends the period that police can detain terrorism suspects without charge from three days in the 2003 law to a maximum of 21 days. And it permits prosecutors to unilaterally extend pre-trial detention for terrorism suspects from 180 days to 240 days.
The new law has provisions that will facilitate rights violations and ultimately undermine public safety.
The law empowers authorities to open, examine, and confiscate mail and packages by post or other means of delivery and intercept any conversation by telephone or other means of communication suspected of being used for planning or committing terrorist acts. These provi...
Every year since 2012, Business Advantage PNG has run a survey of PNG business executives. Called the PNG 100 Survey, it is a survey of senior executives from a representative sample of Papua New Guineas largest companies, across all sectors of the economy. While I am not in a position to judge the representativeness of the sample surveyed, the results are certainly illuminating. This article summarises the trends from these surveys, and draws out three lessons, with three graphs.
The figure below creates an index of performance against expectations. A value above zero indicates that, for a majority of businesses, performance exceeded expectations in the year shown. A value below zero indicates that a majority underperformed. We all know that the last few years have been a boom-bust roller-coaster, but what is interesting and a good indicator of the severity of this business cycle is just how many businesses have been surprised, first on the upside then on the down. In the boom years of 2011 and 2012, many businesses did better than expected. But from 2013 to 2016, businesses were surprised by the downturn in the economy, with underperformance against expectations especially in 2014 and 2015. It is only last year that performance and expectations were on average aligned.
Business performance against expectations
The index (which can range from -100% to +100%) subtracts the percentage of those who said performance was worse than expected from those who said it was better.
To give some more concrete numbers, in 2012, only 15% of businesses did worse than expected, but in 2015 only 13% did better than expected. Last year, exactly the same proportion did better and worse than expected: 37.5%.
PNG businesses have expressed positive sentiment throughout the tough times. The sec...
Two out of three women in PNG experience abuse at the hands of an intimate partner, but volunteers are now offering safe havens across Port Moresby.
A new Australian SDGs website was launched in Sydney last week, and is a centralised platform where case studies and examples of action being taken can be shared openly.
Two Fishes is a new podcast out of Fiji exploring the ideas and stories that make our minds tick.
The 2018 Lowy Institute Poll shows that on average, Australians think 14% of the federal budget is spent on aid and that this should be reduced to 10%, where in reality aid spending is approximately 0.8%. It also has some interesting findings on how Australians feel about Papua New Guinea.
Who Was in Command is a new website containing data on the names, ranks and command responsibilities of security forces in Nigeria, Egypt and Mexico. IRIN reports on how being able to track personnel helps combat rights abuse.
This podcast by four LSE grad students discusses various aspects of global development, from an interesting variety of perspectives.
In Afghanistans deepening migration crisis, the government is trying to help returnees, but the absence of long-term reintegration plans may make the situation even more volatile.
PORT MORESBY - It was such a privilege to sit alongside a group of distinguished Papua New Guineans as we collectively recognised the nomination of the first book authored by PNG women as our countrys nomination for the annual UNESCO Girls and Womens Education (GWE) Prize.
In addition to counterparts and supporters of My Walk to Equality and PNG Attitude, we were joined by Ponabe Yuwa, the Education Departments UNESCO representative and Ambassador Joshua Kalinoe.
The GWE Prize was established by the UNESCO, supported by the Chinese government, in 2016 to reward outstanding efforts by individuals, institutions and other entities engaged in activities to promote girls and womens education.
The prize contributes to two of the United Nations development goals: inclusiveness and equality in education and the achievement of gender equality and empowerment for women and girls.
The successful projects in 2016, the first year, were from Indonesia and Zimbabwe and last year from Thailand and Peru. This years prize will be awarded in October at UNESCOs headquarters in Paris, France.
The My Walk to Equality project team is delighted to be PNGs candidate this prestigious international award.
MWTE is an outstanding voluntary literary project of global quality which consists of contributions from 45 women writers from PNG who originally came together to write a book, published in March last year, and since have undertaken other related projects.
The primary objective of the MWTE project is to encourage girls and women to engage in writing and publishing as a mechanism for social activism in PNG. The project captures the daily challenges and positive contributions made by PNG women to improve the livelihoods of individuals, the community and the nation as a whole.
It promotes the idea that women and girls are not to be left behind but actively included in nation building through achieving the difficult task of gender equality and participation in all aspects of society by women and girls.
Since the publication of MWTE, we have received a number of criticisms from some people seemingly because of the donors and assistance we received in publishing this great book which represented a rare window into the lives of PNG women and the challenges we face and the achie...
LIU XIN | Global Times
BEIJING As Peter O'Neill visits China, local analysts say well-developed China-Papua New Guinea relations fit the interests of both countries and Australian media should not hype China's threat in the south Pacific region.
During the visit, Chinese president Xi Jinping met with prime minister O'Neill.
"Papua New Guinea, the second Pacific Island nation in the southern Pacific Ocean which stretches across Oceania and Asia, has paid attention to developing ties with Asian countries for ages, said Professor Han Feng, of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
It is natural for PNG to strengthen ties with China, considering China's increasing influence," Han said, noting that PNG is also important to promote the Belt and Road initiative.
He said some Australian experts and media are prejudiced against the Belt and Road initiative and negatively hype China's presence in the area.
But China is promoting the initiative and launching cooperation with these countries under the principle of equality, coordination and transparency.
"China and PNG have strengthened cooperation on infrastructure construction, processing trade and maritime projects recently under the Belt and Road initiative, said Yu Lei, from the Australian Studies Centre at Beijing Foreign Studies University.
The two sides also share common interests in some key issues, including climate change.
"Some countries, especially the US and Australia, are oversensitive and worried about China's increasing presence in the southern Pacific Ocean region since Chinese enterprises have curtailed their dominance in local markets, Yu said.
They can no longer pressure some countries by loan agreements as many turn to China for help," he said, adding that China's financial assistance is without subsidiary conditions.
O'Neill's China trip also comes as Australian foreign affairs minister Julie Bishop said Australia was concerned about Chinese influence in the...
Viviwava: Tales from the Islands by Jordan Dean (illustrations by Tamara Jenkinson), JDT Publications, Port Moresby, 2018. ISBN: 9789980901705, PGK20, US$5, available from Amazon
TUMBY BAY - For people attuned to western traditions of storytelling the legends and folktales of pre-literate societies can often seem confusing.
Quite often these old stories mix reality and the supernatural in unfamiliar ways and make the underlying narratives elusive for western readers.
Re-interpreting these stories for popular consumption without losing their essential meaning and flavour requires great care and skill.
It is not just a case of translating the original language but also fitting the stories into a modern reading context so that people schooled in that style can understand and relate to them.
Literal translations, such as those undertaken by anthropologists, often fail to spark the interests of modern readers.
To prepare a legend or folktale for a modern audience requires someone talented in story telling in their own right.
In short, it requires someone who can grasp the original intent of the story and render it faithfully in written form.
This may sound simple enough but there are many traps. These can range from the temptation to unnecessarily embellish the original story to overreaching so that the story does not accurately reflect the original version.
One of the ways many writers fall into this trap is to introduce inappropriate terminologies from the western tradition.
In the case of traditional legends and folktales you often come across terminologies more appropriate to western fairy tales; chiefs become kings and children become princes and princesses for instance. This sort of thing can have a terrible jarring effect and ruin a good traditional story.
Another example is beginning a story with the age-old fairy tale beginning once upon a time. This really detracts from the essential nature of the traditional story.
A reading of the childrens stories submitted to the Crocodile Prize over the years illustrates this unfortunate proclivity of many Papua New Guinean writers.
Jordan has managed to avoid most of these pitfalls, although there is a king and princesses i...
210618MOMIS ON CHOOSING FUTURE LEADERS
New Dawn FM News
The ABG President Chief DR. JOHN MOMIS says Bougainville must be selective when choosing leaders to serve them.
He said leader must not serve themselves and their friends and families and completely forget the rest of the population.
President MOMIS made these remarks live on New Dawn FM this afternoon when sending condolences to the families and relatives of the two leaders, the late LEO HANNET and the late MICHAEL LAIMO who passed on this week.
He said the work of leaders is not to go look for job get money to serve themselves.
It is important at this testing time as we approach the referendum for Bougainville for the people to decide the future status of Bougainville to be strong and avoid activities that can derail the peace process when we are just about to complete the journey that we all have suffered and died to achieve.
210618ANOTHER BOUGAINVILLE LEADER ORBITS
New Dawn FM News
Reports from Buin is that the former National Member for South Bougainville and Minister for Education, MICHAEL LAIMO passed on at his village today.
The ABG President, Chief DR. JOHN MOMIS when confirming the report said he would be sending his condolence to the family and relatives of the late MICHAEL LAIMO .
He said that he was sad another leader has passed on in a short space of time.
Last week the former Premier for Bougainville, the late LEO HANNET Passed away at the Port Moresby General Hospital.
210618HUTJENA SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS SENT HOME DUE TO WATER
New Dawn FM News
The secretary for the Bougainville Education Department, DR JUSTIN KEHATSIN says that the students of Hutjena Secondary School were recently sent home because the School had serious water and sanitation problem.
He told New Dawn FM today that this was caused by the continuous power black outs and also their pump had developed mechanical problems.
DR. KEHATSIN said the School will resume classes once these problems have been fixed.
He also called on the parents of students to control them when they are at home and prepare them to return when the school has fixed the problem.
210618KIETA LEADERS WANT BODY OF LATE HANNET IN ARAWA
New Dawn FM News
Kieta leaders today called for the body of the late LEO HANNET to be taken to Buin and Arawa before going to Buka and Nissan for his final resting place.
The former chairman of the Central Bougainville Council of Elders, JOHN DONA called New Dawn FM from Arawa that the late LEO HANNET is the last of our former leaders and must be respected by the people of Bougainville.
MR. DONA said that the people of Central Bougainville want to pay their last respect for their hero and want his body to be taken to Arawa.
He also sent his condolences to the family and relatives of the Late LEO HANNET and thanked him for fighting for Bougainville over the years.
Meanwhile, the body of the Late LEO HANNET will be brought to Buka next week for a funeral service to be done at Hahela Parish before he is taken home in Nissan to his final resting place.
210618MOMIS ON LEADERS PASSING
New Dawn FM News
ABG President Chief DR.JOHN MOMIS today sent his condolence to the family and relatives of the late MICHAEL LAIMO who passed on at his home in Buin today.
Speaking on New Dawn FM this afternoon, President MOMIS praised the effort of the two leaders the late LEO HANNET who passed away last Friday in Port Moresby and the late MICHAEL LAIMO who passed away today, President Momis said that the two leaders served under the North Solomons Provincial Government and late as members of the National Parliament.
The late LEO HANNET also became a member of the Autonomous Bougainville Government.
MR. MOMIS said that the two leaders set examples as leaders and as men of principle who served the people of Bougainville with honesty and integrity.
The President said that two leaders who were committed members to make laws and policies to help the people of Bougainville and not just their few friends and families.
He said that the leaders demonstrated their capabilities and commitment during their term in parliament and not just went there for money to help themselves.
The ABG President said that today is a sad day for Bougainville as the people mourn these two leaders of Bougainville.
President also send his condolences to the families and relatives of the two leaders the late LEO HANNET and the late MICHAEL LAIMO may their souls rest in eternal peace.
A manuscript written almost ten years ago has been selected as the winner of the Dusty Manuscript Contest; a Prize organized for budding Nigerian writers. Written by Kukogho Iruesiri Samson, the winning manuscript, titled Devils Pawn clinched the top prize ahead of The Orchid Protocol by Onoche Emeka Onyekwena andThe Other Side of Truth by 
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Thanks to everyone who commented on the first twelve chapters of my book-in-progress, Economics in Two Lessons.
Heres a draft of Chapter 13 on Redistribution
Comments, criticism and praise are welcome.
Earlier draft chapters are available. These arent final versions, as I am now editing the entire manuscript, but you can read them to see where the book is coming from.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/ao6s4jaejbrzap1/QuigginChapter1Revised.pdf?dl=0>Chapter 1: What is opportunity cost?
https://www.dropbox.com/s/r1k8iqcpeboosbh/QuigginChapter2Revised.pdf?dl=0>Chapter 2: Markets, opportunity cost and equilibrium
https://www.dropbox.com/s/x4umnbwj4kmihd6/QuigginChapter3Revised.pdf?dl=0>Chapter 3:Time, information and uncertainty
https://www.dropbox.com/s/s2fkdwmbmje6fdo/QuigginChapter4Draft.pdf?dl=0>Chapter 4:Lesson 1: Applications.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/pmml30mkozzj9j5/QuigginChapter5Draft.pdf?dl=0>Chapter 5: Lesson 1 and economic policy.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/44bvl01adcv2fte/QuigginChapter6Draft.pdf?dl=0>Chapter 6: The opportunity cost of destruction
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbul has
announced that Vanuatu Prime Minister Charlot Salwai Tabimasmas,
will visit Australia from 23 to 29 June.
Australia enjoys a close relationship with Vanuatu, with our two nations sharing strong economic, security and people to people links.
The visit will provide an opportunity for Australia and Vanuatu to enhance our strategic partnership and deepen our economic and security cooperation, he said.
Discussions will focus on opportunities to increase bilateral trade and investment. In line with existing areas of cooperation, leaders will also discuss bilateral cooperation on labour mobility, policing and cyber security.
The visit will provide an opportunity to discuss shared regional challenges, such as climate change and transnational crime.
We are committed to stepping up our engagement in the Pacific in support of a stable and prosperous region. As Vanuatus largest bilateral aid donor, we invest approximately $69 million in development assistance annually.
Our cooperation focuses on supporting economic governance, infrastructure, education health, law and justice, Turnbull said in a statement.
Prime Minister Salwai will be accompanied by Marie-Justine Salwai and will travel to Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane as part of the visit.
Indonesia has criticised the United Nations High
Commissioner for Human Rights, saying that his regional office in
Bangkok should first coordinate with the government before sending
a mission to Papua, instead of demanding immediate access.
"It is deeply regrettable that the staff members of his regional office in Bangkok, instead of coordinating the planned visit with Indonesian authorities, have unilaterally set the dates and areas to visit in Papua and West Papua, while demanding immediate access, Hasan Kleib, Indonesia's permanent representative to the United Nations in Geneva, said in a statement on Tuesday.
The statement, delivered during a general debate session at the United Nations in Geneva, came in response to a remark by UN human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, who said the government's invitation to his office to visit Indonesia's easternmost provinces had not yet materialised.
In Indonesia, I am concerned that despite positive engagement by the authorities in many respects, the government's invitation to my office to visit Papua which was made during my visit in February has still not been honoured, Zeid said during the 38th session of the Human Rights Council on Monday.
During his three-day visit to Indonesia in February, Zeid expressed concern over the excessive use of force by Indonesian security forces, harassment, arbitrary arrests and detentions in Papua. He was in the country at the time to meet with government officials, who invited his office to visit the country's poorest region.
According to Hasan, the UN human rights chief informed the Indonesian government that his regional office in Bangkok would represent him on the visit.
In a follow-up, Hasan said staff of the regional office misleadingly acted as if a mutually agreed schedule was already in place for the visit, but that the Indonesian government had yet to grant them access. He added that this conduct was deplorable.
Hasan said Indonesia is still committed to invite Zeid or his office to visit Papua but asserted that the regional office in Bangkok must respect the principles of consent by the host government in the future.
For years, political grievances and an active independence movement in Papua have generated headlines, in spite of the government's focus on economic development to improve the situation.
In a report published in November last year, the Institute for Policy A...
The Papua New Guinea Government and Business delegation, headed by the Prime Minister, Hon. Peter ONeill CMG MP, was accorded full ceremonial honours by the Government of China on their arrival in Beijing overnight.
Prime Minister ONeill, Mrs Lynda Babao-ONeill, senior Government Ministers and Members of Parliament, together with a delegation of senior business representatives, now begin a series of engagements that includes bilateral meetings with the Premier and President of China, and current and potential Chinese investors.
Papua New Guinea must reach out and engage with our foreign partners so we can increase trade, stimulate business and create new jobs, the Prime Minister said.
China is now the second largest economy in the world and has enormous market potential for our exports.
This includes exports of oil and gas, but now that we are broadening our own economic base in areas such as agriculture and tourism, we can attract future business from China.
This is important for current economic growth, and even more important, the economy opportunities we are creating for our children and future generations.
National Geographic listed #lebanon as one of the top destinations this summer. The list contains the likes of Iceland, Southern Indonesia, Masai Mara, Mongolia and aPapua New Guinea.
Heres what the article said about Lebanon:
Check out the full list [here].
Media Release It is worrying that the latest death on Nauru and the circumstances relating to this event have not been broadcast by the ABC*. Have these events become too commonplace or is the national broadcaster underfunded? Perhaps parts of the ABC (and all its editors) have already been sold. The ABC was informed of
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Post Courier | June 20, 2018
THREE principal landowner groups of the Wafi-Golpu project in Morobe Province have clarified their position over the controversy surrounding a new association claiming to represent the interest of the project landowners.
The leaders of Hengambu Landowners Association, Yanta Development Association, and Babuaf Landowners Association met last week to address the issue.
The leaders said in a joint statement that the new association created by certain individuals (named) from one of the principal landowner villages and outsiders do not represent the interest of the principal landowner associations and the people the associations represent.
The leaders said the new association was formed by people from outside of the Wafi-Golpu special mining lease area.
They said the association which calls itself Wafi-Golpu Area Landowners Association and business entity Wafi-Golpu Holdings Limited were misleading the p...
According to a recent report created for the Prince of Wales Sustainability Institute, there are now more than 470 companies with commitments to ensure their company is not linked to deforestation. These are commonly known as Zero Deforestation Policies (ZDPs). With increased small-scale deforestation in Amazonia, approximately 4,000 hectares recently cleared in Indonesian Papua for palm development, and increasing pressure on forests in Sub-Saharan Africa attributed to palm oil expansion, it is clear these policies are not (yet) having their intended impact. A recent investigation into the role of commercial, company, personal, and environmental values in ZDPs explores a less frequently considered contributing factor to why this is the case: the values of the corporate decision-makers who are responsible for implementing ZDPs. Why look at the role of values in ZDPs? Because there is a mismatch between rate of forest loss and pace of policy, regulation, and technological developments to protect forests, and this discrepancy suggests it is worthwhile to consider more fundamental drivers of change in order to end deforestation. Values, commonly defined as the metrics we use to choose and rationalize actions and to appraise people and events, might be just such a fundamental driver. Often-cited policy tools such as national forest preservation laws and reforestation programs, the UNs REDD+ program, and laws to minimize illegal logging are slow, according to a 2017 study, and non-binding with limited impact, as a 2014 study found. Even when the policy, legislation, or regulation mechanism to stop deforestation is sound, effective
The Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP) continues to grow. Figures for this financial year to the end of April 2018 show 6,573 SWP visas have been approved. This compares with 6,166 visas approved in total for the full 2016-17 financial year. Moreover, most workers do very well under the scheme. When the World Bank asked 400 Pacific workers how satisfied they were with the SWP, the average score was 8.6, on a scale of one to ten. Similar smaller surveys of Timorese workers found that 96% were satisfied, with 68% very satisfied. In Vanuatu, a survey of 100 returned workers showed that all of the women and 91% of men were satisfied.
That said, this is no time for complacency. It is not clear that arrangements that support a few thousand workers will support the much larger number that could enter Australia both under the Seasonal Worker Programme and the much larger Pacific Labour Scheme. Moreover, while some countries are doing very well under the SWP (Vanuatu, Tonga, Timor-Leste), others are missing out (PNG, Solomon Islands).
The SWP also continues to be subjected to both generalised and specific claims of exploitation in the media. There are also complaints about recruiters in sending countries scamming potential workers. These incidents undermine the development benefits of the scheme, as well as wider community acceptance of the value of the SWP in Australia and in sending countries.
In responding to these problems, so far the focus has been on compliance across the horticultural industry, which is appropriate given the higher number of backpackers working on farms, and their greater risk of exploitation. Victoria, Queensland and South Australia are all introducing labour hire licensing.
There are also SWP-specific responses. One recently-announced reform is the piloting of a 24/7 information line for seasonal workers. It success will depend on how well the information the hotline receives is processed and acted on.
These are all positive moves, but what more could be done? A recent book Merchants of Labor: Recruiters and International Labor Migration by Professor Philip Martin reviews the global experience of the approximately ten million workers who cross international borders...
DURRIE BOUSCAREN | National Public Radio (USA)
GOROKA - The women are mostly in their early 20s. They have children at home. Selling betel nut an addictive, natural chew to passers-by in mountain towns of Papua New Guinea is a good way to earn a living.
But the extra income sometimes comes at a heavy price: violent beatings by their spouses. Two out of three women in Papua New Guinea experience abuse at the hands of an intimate partner at least once in their lifetime, according to the World Health Organization and aid groups.
Betel nut sellers in Goroka, the main city in the Eastern Highlands, say physical violence is particularly common in their marriages.
"If I give him my earnings, he leaves me alone," says Mala, 20, who sells betel nut and other goods in Goroka. She's talking about the man she married when she was 12.
"But if I refuse and argue that I am sitting in the sun and working hard to earn an income, he gets angry and hits me," she adds. Like other women interviewed, she asked to be identified only by her first name for privacy and out of fear of her husband.
A dirt road near the Goroka airport leads to a squatter settlement down the hill. Dozens of women preside over stacks of vegetables on blankets or sell fried eggs out of big plastic containers. About 80 percent of Papua New Guineans participate in the informal economy, but betel nut sellers say they're often singled out by authorities and fined for making sales in the street. They are also harassed by criminal raskol gangs, who demand free cigarettes.
Betel nut is the pit of the walnut-sized fruit of an areca palm tree. In Tok Pisin, one of the major national languages, it is called buai. The nut is chewed throughout the Pacific islands for a high similar to nicotine, and about as addictive. It is also carcinogenic and is believed to contribute to Papua New Guinea's high rate of mouth cancer, the most common type of cancer in the country.
In the h...
SYDNEY - In the 1960s and 1970s there was only once place to be in Port Moresby on Friday night, well during the footie season anyway.
The place was the Papuan Rugby League ground in Boroko, play starting with Reserve Grade at six followed by A Grade at nine, usually finishing around 10.30 which gave most club members four or five hours to get well lubricated.
Although there were only five A Grade clubs the standard of play was high and supporters very committed to their teams. As the consumption of alcohol escalated, so did the noise of barracking.
But, as tough and skilled as were the games, the real action took place after the final whistle of A Grade. The downstairs area of the club became a venue for Games Night, each club taking it in turn to run the events which were a valuable source of funds.
The games included Under and Overs, Crown and Anchor and, later in the evening, Two Up. As you would expect, the mix of alcohol, parochialism and gambling created a heady atmosphere although ever vigilant club officials made sure fights rarely occurred within the gambling area. After all, if things got out of hand, they could lose a lot of money and the revenue from these nights was essential. (Rugby League in PNG was professional even in those days.)
Out in the car park, however, things sometimes got out of hand and drunken brawls were fairly common though generally quickly contained.
The last thing the PRL wanted was to attract the attention of the police, who generally turned a blind eye to the gambling but would clamp down if the fighting got too bad.
The players were a mixed bunch. Many came to PNG mainly to play league, lured by job offers and lucrative match payments. Then theyd stay on for years, often after their playing careers ended.
Their expertise added greatly to the quality of the game in PNG and many also contributed in other areas. However others were short termers, some of dubious backgrounds.
For a while, un...
TUMBY BAY Its often thought that the patrol officer system was unique to Papua New Guinea but similar systems existed in different parts of the world, especially in African colonies administered by the British.
There was also a patrol officer system in Dutch New Guinea before the Indonesians took over.
And patrol officers also worked in remote parts of Australia amongst our indigenous people.
The patrol officers in Australia were mostly employed by the Commonwealth Government in the Northern Territory but a few states also had their own patrol officers.
Quite a few of them trained alongside kiaps going to Papua New Guinea at the Australian School of Pacific Administration in Sydney and some of them switched between the Australian and Papua New Guinean services.
In Australia they were mainly active in the remote areas of the Northern Territory, Western Australia and South Australia, particularly where there were large Aboriginal reserves.
One of their most significant roles occurred in South Australia and Western Australia during the British atomic bomb tests of the 1950s and later at Woomera and Maralinga during the rocket testing programs of the 1960s.
Two men stand out during this period, Patrol Officers Walter MacDougall and Bob Macaulay.
Walter MacDougall was appointed in 1947. He was an impressive figure, standing 1.9 metres tall with red hair, craggy face and eyes of bright transparent blue that would blaze when he was upset.
One hand had been disfigured when he blew off a thumb and forefinger in an accident with a Winchester rifle.
Macaulay, who was appointed in 1956, was dark haired and shorter with a studied manner and a seemingly inexhaustible patience. He had come to the job upon the recommendation of Professor AP Elkin of Sydney University, under whom he had completed an honours degree in anthropology.
Their patrol area was more than a million square kilometres and patrols often covered 1,...
Indonesia Shuts Out UN Rights Chief From Papua
No Follow-Up to Official Invitation to Troubled Region
What is the Indonesian government hiding in Papua?
Deputy Director, Asia Division
Thats the question raised by the governments seeming refusal to make good on an official invitation promised to the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, Zeid Raad Al Hussein, to visit Papua and West Papua provinces (collectively referred to as Papua).
On Monday, Zeid issued a statement saying he is concerned that despite positive engagement by the authorities in many respects, the Governments invitation to my Office to visit Papua which was made during my visit in February has still not been honoured.
The Indonesian governments apparent unwillingness to allow Zeid to investigate human rights conditions in Papua should come as no surprise. Indonesian authorities have consistently blocked foreign journalists and rights monitors from visiting Papua. Those restrictions defy an announcement made in 2015 by Indonesias President Joko Widodo popularly known as Jokowi that accredited foreign media would have unimpeded access to Papua. The decades-old access restrictionson Papua are rooted in government suspicion of the motives of foreign nationals for reporting on the region, which is troubled by a small-scale pro-independence insurgency, widespread corruption, environmental degradation, and public dissatisfaction with Jakarta. Security forces are rarely held to account for abuses against critics of the government, including the killing of peaceful protesters.
The limbo of Zeids Papua invitation has dampened hopes raised in March 2017, after the government allowed a UN health expert to make a two-day official visit to Papua, that Indonesia would end its reflexive prohibition on travel to the region by foreign human rights monitors. Instead, Zeids experience is reminiscent of 2013, when then-UN independent expert on freedom of expression, Frank La Rue,...
200618BOUGAINVILLE FAREWELLS DAVID LAMBOURNE
New Dawn FM News
The ABG Law and Justice sector today farewelled DAVID LAMBOURNE who worked as a legal advisor to the Law and Justice Department from 2014.
He was officially farewelled last night at the KUKUL Beach Club where presents and speeches were made.
Today, before he boarded the Air Niugini flight to Port Moresby, the ABG President Chief DR.JOHN MOMIS presented an Award for his distinguished services to the Government of Bougainville.
In his farewell remarks, President Momis thanked him for helping Bougainville and wished him well in his new job in another Pacific state the republic of KIRIBATI.
President Momis said that Bougainville was privileged to have MR. LAMBOURNE as advisor in which new Bougainville lawyers have been supported to gain experiences in the Law and sector.
Meanwhile, MR. LAMBOURNE also said that he was also happy to have gained some experience whilst working in the Bougainville.
200618JTT READY FOR JSB ARAWA MEET
New Dawn FM News
The Joint Technical Team that prepare agendas for the JSB has recommended 39 recommendations to be put to the PNG Prime Minister, PETER ONIEL and ABG President CHIEF DR. JOHN MOMIS at the next Joint Supervisory Body (JSB) meeting confirmed for 28-29 June in Arawa.
The recommendations cover wide range of issues under the Bougainville Peace Agreement including referendum and post referendum issues, fisheries, outstanding grants owed to Bougainville, weapons disposal and border control.
These 39 recommendations will support the JSB to be a more effective forum for progressing referendum preparations and resolution of issues between the two governments under the Bougainville Peace Agreement.
200618POWER LOAD SHEDDING
New Dawn FM News
Power consumers have been advised that PNG Power will be carrying out emergency four hourly load shedding as of tomorrow until further notice.
This load shedding is because the PNG Power house is short of fuel to run its generators.
The power load switching will be as follows,
1, Sub Station Nine at Paddock will be switched off at 0800hours and power will be restored at 12Midday.
2,Sub station DOF at MALABOLO/HIGHWAY will be off at 0830 hours and will come on at 1230 hours.
3, Substation DOF at MOTMOTO/KOKOPAU and Ramazon line will be switched off at 0900 hours and and should be restored by 1300 hours.
4, SS 6 at the Buka market will go off at 0930 hours and power should come on at 1330 hours.
5, SS 7 at RABANZ will go off at 1000hrs and should be back by 1400hours.
6, SS2 at the Buka airport will be switched off at 1300 hours and power should be restored by 1700hours.
PNG Power advises the general public that the scheduled switching is subject to change without notice.
200618NAMES NOT ON THE URBAN COMMON ROLL
New Dawn FM News
Many voters were turned away today at the Buka urban Community government election in Buka town because their names were not on the common roll.
According to one senior staff from the Office of the Bougainville Electoral Commission this is due to many voters not enrolling for the urban community government election.
He said one could be that their names were under Tsitalato Community Government and never transferred to the Buka urban council common roll.
The officer said those who do not have any names cannot vote in the urban community government election.
Meanwhile, Some people complained that if the Electoral Commission cannot register names on the small community government election roll how will they register all Bougainvilleans to vote at next years referendum.
200618 23 URBAN COMMUNITY GOVERNMENT WARDS POLLING
New Dawn FM News
TWENTY THREE Urban Community Government wards are having polling this week for the four Urban Community Governments on Bougainville.
They are Arawa with six wards, ARAWA ONE TO SIX, Buin with Six wards, Buin North East, Buin North West,Buin town East, Buin Town West,Buin North and Buin South.
Kokopau with five wards,Munanga,Manob,Bonus, Kokopau town and Patuna.
Buka with six wards,Hutjena,Kubu/Hahela,Ieta/Airport,Ieta,Buka town and Sohano island.
According to the polling schedule, Polling in all centres started yesterday and will end tomorrow.
And counting will start after polling and the seats will be declared.
New Dawn FM understands that two seats within Buka urban have been declared due to the candidates standing unchallenged.
There is no excuse for a few individuals acting in
way that is a national disgrace"
The Prime Minister, Hon. Peter ONeill CMG MP, has demonstrated the importance of meeting a challenge head-on when he visited Mendi, in Southern Highlands Province today.
After several days of unrest in Mendi town, followed by the Prime Minister working with parties to restore calm, it was important that he speak directly with the people.
The Prime Minister called on all people in the Southern Highlands Province to show respect for the law.
There is no excuse for a few individuals acting in way that is a national disgrace.
We cannot change what happened, but we can all take charge of the future.
The State of Emergency Controller has been appointed, and he is taking control and will enforce law and order in the Province.
PM ONeill said the people of the Southern Highlands have raised concerns with him and these will be properly followed up.
I have listened to the concerns relating the Electoral Commissioner in regards to the conduct of the election for the Southern Highlands Regional seat.
Leaders have given me their views and I will see to it that these claims are properly heard.
The crowd of around 5,000 was calm and relatively relaxed considering the past weeks tension, and all the leaders who spoke welcomed the presence of the Prime Minister.
Adex was suspended by the QRL Judiciary for two matches. That means he will miss this weekends Pacific Test and the next SP Hunters game,
The PNG LNG Kumuls preparation for this Saturdays Pacific Test against Fiji Batis was dealt another blow today when fullback Adex Wera was suspended by the Queensland Rugby League (QRL) judiciary for two matches. This follows the withdrawal of Nene McDonald by the St George Illawarra Dragons medical team for a shoulder injury.
PNG LNG Kumuls Coach Michael Marum said from Campbelltown this afternoon that Wera was cited for a biting charge in last Fridays ISC game against Ipswich Jets and will sit out the next two games.
Adex was suspended by the QRL Judiciary for two matches. That means he will miss this weekends Pacific Test and the next SP Hunters game, Marum said.
He said Wera will return to Port Moresby tomorrow. Its too late in the week now to get a replacement for Adex to join the camp, Marum said.
Marum has named Justin Olam at fullback with Junior Rau to debut as Kumul No. 285 on the wing. Rhadley Brawa becomes Kumul No. 286 when he runs on off the bench.
The team is:
1. Justin OLAM
2. Junior RAU
3. Thompson TETEH
4. Willie MINOGA
5. Richard PANDIA
6. Lachlan LAM
7. Watson BOAS
8. Stanton ALBERT
9. James SEGEYARO - Captain
10. Luke PAGE
11. Rhyse MARTIN
12. Nixon PUTT
13. Rod GRIFFIN
14. Kurt BAPTISTE
15. Rhadley BRAWA
16. Enock MAKI
17. Ase BOAS
Coach: Michael MARUM
The game against Fiji kicks off at 4pm at Campbelltown Stadium on Saturday. This will be followed by Tonga vs Samoa at 7pm.
Unfortunately behind a paywall but sent to me by my moronic former mate who now breathes the air in Silicon Valley and drives three Mercedes and a Porsche. The article is also from the Financial Times in the UK which, as we know, is a model to us all.
Matteo Salvini, Italys interior minister, has provoked outrage across Europe with his refusal to let the Aquarius, a rescue ship carrying hundreds of migrants, dock in an Italian port. The Spanish government has had to step in to give the boat a safe harbour.
Mr Salvinis move has been described as unprecedented. But for watchers of Australian politics, it is alarmingly familiar. During a tumultuous Australian election in 2001, a Norwegian freighter, the MV Tampa, rescued more than 400 distressed asylum seekers in international waters. John Howard, the then prime minister, refused the captain permission to enter Australian waters, and ordered special forces to seize the vessel when he did so anyway.
The Tampa affair stands out as a moment when Canberra explicitly adopted the view that Australia could no longer afford to observe humanitarian norms. Within a few months, the first elements of the Pacific solution, which involved forcing boats back to Indonesia and detaining asylum seekers in Nauru, an island nation 750 miles offshore, were in place.
There are worrying signs beyond the eerie Aquarius-Tampa parallel that the EU is heading down a similar path. Last year, Emmanuel Macron, the French president, floated the idea of keeping migrants away from Europe by creating hotspots to handle asylum requests in north Africa. The German interior ministry has also mooted the advantages of eliminating the prospect of reaching the European coast.
The temptations of such a policy for European politicians are clear. A steady stream of refugees to Europe has fed the rise of populist parties, including Mr Salvinis League and Alternative for Germany. Meanwhile, Australias policy has largely achieved its objective: to stop the boats. European leaders are drawn to the humanitarian defence for this hardline approach: that stopping the boats means fewer drownings.
They should resist. Australias refugee policy has become notorious for its brutality. The Nauru detention centre has seen hunger strikes, suicides and hundreds of accusations of abuse. A separate centre on Manus Island last year had its water and power cut off. Amnesty International has called the policy a human rights catastrophe.
Few in the EU would defend the extreme brutality of Australias system but in 2001 not many Australians would have either. The logic of deterrence naturally escalates: Australia introduced mandatory detention of unlawful non-cit...
Pacific Media Centre | 20 June 2018
In a show of frustration over the nonpayment of a business development grant, Angore landowners in Hela province have set fire to the massive Hides development LNG machinery on PDL 8 site as unrest continues in Papua New Guineas rugged Highlands region.
The destruction includes an excavator and a drilling machine while sections of a highway leading to PDL 8 have been dug up, reports the PNG Post-Courier.
In other developments:
After her sons murder, Miriam* finally fled her village in Myanmars conflict-ravaged Rakhine State. Even as Miriam escaped, the few precious belongings she could grab were snatched from her, and she recalls how she was forced to drink water from bamboo to survive the long trek to neighbouring Bangladesh.
Of the nearly 700,000 Rohingya refugees that have crossed into Bangladesh since August 2017, well over half are women and girls, and many, like Miriam, have reported grave human rights abuses.
The Rohingya refugee crisis is extreme, yet violence against women and girls occurs everywhere, in both developed and developing nations. Worldwide including here in Australia on average one in three women face some form of violence at some point in their lives. Cases spike dramatically amid emergencies, but far too often go unreported. In this, the 21st century, rape is still used as a weapon of war, and fear, shame and stigma stops many survivors from speaking out.
And for refugees like Miriam, the risks arent over when they reach relative safety. Forced to live in makeshift camps filled with uprooted, often traumatized people, exposure and the threat of lawlessness increase the risk of violence. In desperate situations like these, where people often have just the clothes on their backs, forced marriage, child marriage, trafficking, exploitation and cases of women selling sex to survive, typically rise. This is why, in any crisis, upholding the safety and dignity of women and girls who have survived violence, or are at risk of suffering it, must be front and centre in relief efforts.
As the monsoon rains set in over the sprawling Rohingya refugee camps in Coxs Bazar, Bangladesh, Miriam has finally found some security and respite in one of the special women-only spaces set up by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), with support from the Australian government. For women who have lost everything their homes, families, livelihoods and not least their dignity there, they know that they are safe, that they have support and that they have each other.
Now, with the help of a trained counsellor, Miriam says shes working through the grief at the loss of her son and feels comfortable enough in the space to start putting plans together for her surviving family.
I have peace when I come here, she says. I get mental and physical support, and when I needed to go to the hospital, they referred me and came with me.
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