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Reverend James Bhagwan has been appointed General Secretary of the Pacific Conference of Churches (PCC).
In a landslide victory Bhagwan from Fiji's Methodist Church polled 132 votes while Rowina Vavaatau former CEO of Samoa Associates of NGOs polled 32.
Reverend Dr Tevita Havea was reappointed Moderator and Deaconess Tanalesi Makutu was appointed his deputy.
Bhagwan called on church leaders to work together to achieve the PCC objectives in the area of climate change, self determination and the fight against gender based violence and slavery.
Meanwhile, Church leaders must urge governments to end modern day slavery.
The Archbishop of Suva, and Peter Loy Chong, and made the call after regional church leaders heard of the exploitation of Pacific people in the Australian Labour market.
Chong said churches had a duty to address the mistreatment of Pacific migrant workers with regional governments and the countries which provided work.
Regional Church leadersat the Pacific Conference of Churches General Assembly in Auckland signed a joint declaration against modern slavery.
The statement calls for better treatment of migrant workers and increased scrutiny of seasonal worker programmes
The statement follows reports of deaths of migrant workers in Australia due to harsh conditions on farms.
Covered under the declaration are fishermen and people forced into the sex industry.
SOURCE: ISLANDS BUSINESS/PACNEWS
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