Portfolio – By Karen Abplanalp
http://pacific.scoop.co.nz/2011/09/pacific-islands-forum-2011-in-images-–-from-suits-to-protesters/I knew to expect a lot of men in suits at the Pacific Islands Forum last week yet it was still shocking to see so many – mainly because it shows the lack of women in leadership roles in all of the countries represented.
At Queen’s Wharf, a posse of West Papuans and their supporters held placards and shouted slogans. Paula Makabory, a visiting human rights activist with the Institute of Papuan Advocacy and Human Rights, was among the group, which also included a gagged West Papuan man inside a bamboo cage.
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Café Pacific: How the Pacific Islands Forum shunned West Papuan issue
Café Pacific, David Robie
10 September, 2011
The most astonishing unreported story in this week’s Pacific Island Forum in Auckland was a remarkable shift by the United Nations chief over West Papua. And the local media barely noticed. For all the hoo-ha about “converting potential into opportunity” at the predictable annual political talkfest, this was the most dramatic moment.
REGION: Harawira condemns lack of Māori profile at Forum - welcomes West Papua 'progress'
Item: 7614AUCKLAND (Pacific Scoop/Pacific Media Watch): Outspoken MP and long time Pacific issues advocate Hone Harawira has condemned the lack of Māori representation at this week’s Pacific Islands Forum – but is encouraged by the words of Ban Ki-moon on West Papua.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
AUCKLAND (The Nation/Pacific Media Watch): New Zealand's Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully says Fiji is not such a pressing issue and the region is taking a "careful approach" to West Papua.
"The Forum probably is taking a fairly careful approach to a very complex issue," he said on The Nation current affairs programme on TV3 today.
West Papua ignored, Fiji poll condemned as Forum leaders emerge
Alex Perrottet, Pacific Scoop
8 September, 2011
West Papua’s self-determination failed to rate a mention at the Pacific Islands Forum meeting today in spite of a high profile protest for human rights yesterday and a public plea for a United Nations special representative.
Fifteen human rights and social justice movements based in Australia and New Zealand today called on UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to immediately appoint a special United Nations representative to investigate the alleged human rights violations in West Papua and its political status.
Representatives of the groups, meeting at the at Nga Wai o Horotiu marae at AUT University for the past two days, have called for Ban to follow up on his statements yesterday at a joint press conference with NZ Prime Minister John Key.
I have lived in Australia for the past five years and have visited the United States several times. Currently I am in America working to promote democracy and human rights in West Papua; a right that my people have been desperately struggling to win for almost 50 years.