Monday, September 12, 2011

Pacific Islands Forum Auckland

Below are imagies from the various rallies/meetings around the Pacific Islands Forum in New Zealand. They are on various web sites, Pacific Media centre, Scoop.nz , Peace Movement Aotearoa (facebook) The local groups in New Zealand did a terrific job raising awareness about the West Papuan issue throughout the PIF. Media students from PMC covered the PIF and some of the stories below.
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Pacific Islands Forum 2011 in images – from suits to protesters
10:39 September 12, 2011

Pacific Scoop:
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.


http://pacific.scoop.co.nz/2011/09/pacific-islands-forum-2011-in-images-–-from-suits-to-protesters/?ScoopSrc=scoop_pacific
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Greeting Pacific Island Forum leaders, Auckland, 7 September 2011
By Peace Movement Aotearoa (Albums) · Updated last Tuesday
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Greeting the UN Secretary-General, Auckland, 6 September 2011
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West Papuans still mourning with their Morning Star after 42 years
Before the beating of Pacific drums and the festive yelps of the Rarotongan dancers, passionate cries of “Free West Papua” were the first sounds to break the new day of the Pacific Islands Forum in Auckland.

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.

http://pacific.scoop.co.nz/2011/09/west-papuans-still-waiting-with-the-morning-star/

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Does he support United Nation's Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's statement regarding human rights in West Papua that "we will do all to ensure that people in West Papua, their human rights will be respected"?

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Pacific Media Centre

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.

http://www.pmc.aut.ac.nz/articles/café-pacific-how-pacific-islands-forum-shunned-west-papuan-issue

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REGION: Harawira condemns lack of Māori profile at Forum - welcomes West Papua 'progress'

Monday, September 12, 2011

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.

http://www.pmc.aut.ac.nz/pacific-media-watch/region-harawira-condemns-lack-māori-profile-forum-welcomes-west-papua-progress-7

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FIJI/WEST PAPUA: McCully plays down security issues in media

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Item: 7613

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.

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West Papua ignored, Fiji poll condemned as Forum leaders emerge

Forum video made by AUT video journalists Christopher Chang and Alexander Winkler. Source: PMC YouTube

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.

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NZ, Australian human rights groups call for UN probe on West Papua

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.

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‘We Papuans have been hunted like animals but our resolve for independence has never diminished’

Dear All,

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.


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