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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Cook Islands Parliament has repealed provisions in its Crimes Act that criminalised homosexuality.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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DG Okonjo-Iweala urges trade ministers’ coalition to boost climate action through the WTO

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At the 25 February meeting of the Coalition of Trade Ministers on Climate, WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala welcomed high-level officials’ efforts and leadership to...

Vanuatu MPs expects to receive up to VT1M for referendum ‘Yes’ campaign, based on...

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Vanuatu Members of Parliament (MPs) are expected to receive financial support of up to VT1 million (US$ 8,343) each to strengthen and support the...

Fiji chairs ACP Group Ministerial Meeting at WTO M13

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Fiji had the honour of chairing the African, Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP) Group Ministerial Meeting on the eve of the 13th World Trade...