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34th UNHRC Session

PIANGO shares with you now a video taken (and shared) by the Permanent Mission of the Solomon Islands to Geneva at the “Shining the Light on the Human Rights Situation in West Papua” side event of the 34th UNHRC Session last week.

GROUNDSWELL OF SUPPORT FOR WEST PAPUA IN TIME FOR FORUM LEADERS’ MEETING

Date: 17th  August 2016 Suva – The groundswell of support for West Papua across the region is the ideal build up to the upcoming Forum Leaders meeting in Federated States of Micronesia says Pacific Islands Association of NGOs (PIANGO) Executive Director, Emele Duituturaga. Duituturaga made the comments after presenting the issue of West Papua to…

Leaders Coalition on West Papua is Courageous: PIANGO

Date: 19 July 2016 Suva – Last week’s formation of a Pacific Leaders Coalition on West Papua is indicative of the rising wave of regional support for the aspirations of Papuans for self-determination and ending human rights violations suffered. Pacific Islands Association of NGOs executive director, Emele Duituturaga made these comments after a week of…

PIANGO PLAYS KEY ROLE AT PIDF SUMMIT

Date: 14 July 2016 Suva – The 2016 Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) Leaders’ Summit concluded in Honiara with the full participation of the Pacific Islands Association of NGOs (PIANGO) as a member of the PIDF Charter. This is the first meeting of Leaders under the new governance structure since the inauguration of the PIDF…

WEST PAPUA MELANESIAN SOLIDARITY RALLY IN HONIARA TODAY

Date: 13 July 2016 Suva – More than 1000 people are expected to gather today at a rally organised to show solidarity with the United Liberation Movement for West Papua as they bid for full membership at the Melanesian Spearhead group meeting in Honiara, Solomon Islands. Organised by the Solomon Islands Solidarity Movement for Free…

PIANGO REITERATES WORLD CHURCHES CALL FOR WEST PAPUA SOLIDARITY VISIT

Suva  – Pacific Islands Association of NGOs (PIANGO) executive director, Emele Duituturaga has welcomed a call made by the World Council of Churches (WCC) for a solidarity visit to West Papua by an international ecumenical delegation. Duituturaga said the call made by the WCC for a solidarity visit to be organized as soon as possible,…

UNDRIP Important For The Pacific

Suva  – The United Nations Declarations on the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP)  is important to the Pacific where indigenous people are the majority in the region. Pacific Islands Association of NGOs senior technical adviser, Laitia Tamata echoed these sentiments after attending the Regional Meeting on Enhancing Inclusive Development in the Pacific in the framework…

PIANGO LAWYERS AT ASIA CLIMATE JUSTICE EXPERTS MEETING

Suva  – Pacific Islands Association of NGOs (PIANGO) has sent legal representatives to the Asia Climate Justice Expert meeting organised by Greenpeace. PIANGO’s senior technical adviser, Laitia Tamata and PIANGO Legal Adviser Makereta Waqavonovono are currently in Bangkok, Thailand attending the second Asia Climate Justice Expert meeting alongside other climate justice experts from the Asian…

PIANGO TO MONITOR SHRINKING CIVIC SPACES IN SIX PACIFIC COUNTRIES

Suva  – The Pacific islands Association of NGOs will be monitoring civic spaces in Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, Papuan New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu as a means of ensuring enabling environments exist for CSOs. This follows a training in Johannesburg, South Africa held on 24 – 26 of May 2016 and attended by PIANGO…

West Papau Groundswell Not Dampened By PNG Refusal of Entry: PIANGO

Suva  – Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat’s (PIFS) award will support Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Pacific Islands Association of NGOs (PIANGO) Executive Director, Ms Emele Duituturaga was shocked to learn that Papua New Guinea (PNG) had not allowed West Papuan campaigner, Octovianus Mote to enter the country last Sunday (29 May, 2016). Ms Duituturaga was…