Palau names 63 undersea mounts, extending its undersea claim

Palau has named 63 undersea mounts and basins on the Palau-Kyushu Ridge, the singular underwater ridge that connects Palau to Japan. These 63 mounts occur outside Palau’s Exclusive Economic Zone, north of Palau’s

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UNAIDS: Cook Islands’ original path toward equality

On 14 April, members of the Cook Islands rainbow community assembled at parliament with colourful flags and cautious optimism.  It turned out to be the day they’d been working toward for the last twelve years.

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Bill seeks the establishment of foreign agents registry in Palau

A House bill is calling for the establishment of a foreign agents registry in Palau which will require persons representing foreign interests to make a public disclosure.   House Bill 11-90-09 requires

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We are truly one nation, one people: Pride Cook Islands

Pride Cook Islands is elated to see the decade long active push for decriminalisation finally take place in Cook Islands Parliament.  The Crimes (Sexual Offences) Amendment Bill 2023 was passed in Parliament on

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Tougher anti-human trafficking bill passed in Palau

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 human trafficking act. The bill amends the current law ‘to bring

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PINA challenges Pacific countries to follow Fiji’s lead and repeal media legislation

The repeal of Fiji’s draconian media law, known as the Media Industry Development Authority (MIDA) Act 2010, should act as a signpost for other Pacific countries who have regulated their media through legislation.

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No need for Fiji media bill, public consultation told

“We don’t see the need for this bill” was the message of Fiji media veteran, William Parkinson at public submissions on the Media Industry Development Act (MIDA) yesterday. Parkinson, was speaking to a submission

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