36th-Parallel Pacific Region News Round-Up
Defence Logistics is the sole private defense company with authorization to operate inside Fiji. Additionally, Defence Logistics has established an ‘extended branch’ inside the politically unstable Melanesian state, Papua New Guinea. (See, 36th Parallel Report.)
Sir Salamo Injia was arrested last week in the capital, Port Moresby, and charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice amid police allegations he illegally diverted 213,000 kina ($94,000) into court coffers. (See, Malum Nalu Report.)
And, Prime Minister Sato Kilman didn’t mince his words when he questioned the need for the ban when “Australia has not provided any shred of evidence of kava safety.” (See, PINA Report.)
“It is critical, in his view, that this process is inclusive and participatory, and that the voices of all Fijians are heard and their fundamental human rights protected,” said a statement issued by the spokesperson for the Secretary-General. (See, PINA Report.)
That’s according to the first national report on Violence Against Women launched in the capital, Nuku’alofa Monday. It says that girls as young as 15 are being abused by fathers and teachers.
The report is the first ever national study on violence against women in the island kingdom and was presented to the Prime Minister Lord Tu’ivakano at the launch ceremony held at the Fa’onelua convention center. (See, PINA Report.)
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