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Small Island States secure milestone decision at COP28, but concerns linger over Loss and...

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By Pita Ligaiula at COP28 in Dubai, UAE In a decisive moment at COP28, Small Island States clinched a historic win, but as the celebrations...

UN and Fiji renew commitment to child rights

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The United Nations and Fiji Government have renewed their commitment in creating a better and brighter future for every child in Fiji. This was conveyed...

Cook Islands Parliament decriminalises homosexuality

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Cook Islands Parliament has repealed provisions in its Crimes Act that criminalised homosexuality. The Crimes (Sexual Offences) Amendment Bill 2023 which, among other things, aimed...

Tougher anti-human trafficking bill passed in Palau

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Palau's House of Delegates passed on its third and final reading a Senate bill 11-73 to expand, update and strengthen the anti-human smuggling and...

Climate change, a human rights issue: Fiji AG

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Climate change is an emerging human rights issue posing a serious risk to the fundamental rights to life, health, food and an adequate standard...

‘Respect sovereignty issue’ – PNG Marape on situation in West Papua

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Any human rights issues in West Papua must not be overshadowed by the fact that the country remains under the sovereignty of Indonesia. These were...

Pacific migrant workers share their stories of human rights and climate mobility

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The UN Human Rights Office has launched Pacific Climate Tales – an animated video series where migrant workers from the Pacific region share their...

“Accepting Indonesia into MSG was a mistake”, says former Vanuatu PM Natuman

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Former Vanuatu Prime Minister Joe Natuman says allowing Indonesia, by former Prime Minister Sato Kilman into the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) was a mistake. “We...

Cook Islands new Ombudsman looking to form human rights institute

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The Cook Islands new Ombudsman will head to Fiji to continue with efforts in forming a Human Rights Institute. Ombudsman Niki Rattle said the policy...

Pacific Forum and Japan going head-to-head over planned nuclear wastewater dump

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There are hopes an upcoming meeting will throw water on a growing fire surrounding the looming release of radioactive nuclear wastewater into the Pacific...

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New Caledonia vote reform that sparked riots ‘suspended’

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President Emmanuel Macron said Wednesday that a voting reform that triggered deadly riots in French Pacific Territory New Caledonia would be “suspended” in light...

Vanuatu voters support Constitutional Change to end Political instability

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Vanuatu has voted to change its constitution in a bid to end years of political instability, results of the Pacific nation's first national referendum...

King Charles aims to defy health challenges to attend crucial Commonwealth meeting

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King Charles will attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Samoa on October 21 and embark on a tour of Australia later...