Pacific Law and Justice News

2015 Update - Act sets benchmark for protection of children in PNG

The drafting of the Lukautim Pikinini Act is in order and sets a benchmark for the protection of children in Papua New Guinea, says Secretary Constitutional and Law Reform Commission (CLRC), Dr Eric Kwa.
Kwa said CLRC had helped the Department of Youth, Religion and Community Development draft the bill.  

“The actual Bill took almost took five years. When we came in we got it completed within 12 months. It is now in the process of getting the Act through to be certified,” he said.


2015 Update - US fisheries relationships with Pacific under the spotlight

The Forum Fisheries Ministerial Meeting underway in Tuvalu has been reminded of the complexity in resolving the US Tuna Treaty.
This was highlighted by Tuvalu’s Acting Prime Minister Namoliki Sualiki while opening the 11th Meeting of Forum Fisheries Ministers on Funafuti.
“The US Tuna Treaty, which has become increasingly complex and difficult, is also on your agenda. Despite 15 renegotiation sessions to date, there is still no firm agreement on the future structure of the Treaty.
Ministers will need to provide clear guidance to their officials participating in the next renegotiation session in August, especially in regard to the distribution of the US Government contribution to the Treaty,” he told the Ministers.


2012 Forum Regional Security Committee Meeting

The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) hosted the Forum Regional Security Committee (FRSC) meeting on 6 and 7 June 2011.  The FRSC meeting is held annually and is the principal regional forum on political security and governance issues.  PILON is invited as an observer to the FRSC, and was represented by the PILON Secretariat.


June 2012 Update - Niue Treaty Subsidiary Agreement

Members will recall that, following Forum Leaders’ 2009 directive and a joint meeting of fisheries and law enforcement / justice Ministers in 2010, negotiations have been in progress towards new legal arrangements for strengthened monitoring, control and surveillance (MCS) mechanisms to protect regional fisheries.  A drafting group, established in 2010, is responsible for negotiation of a multilateral subsidiary agreement under the Niue Treaty on Cooperation in Fisheries Surveillance and Law Enforcement in the South Pacific Region (“Niue Treaty”).  The Niue Treaty Subsidiary Agreement (NTSA) will provide for: (a) the exchange of fisheries law enforcement data; (b) cross-vesting of enforcement powers to enable cooperative surveillance and enforcement activities; and (c) use of fisheries data for other law enforcement activities. 

Launch of SamLII - Samoa Legal Information Institute


The Samoa Legal Information Institute (SamLII) website, , was launched on Friday 8 June by the Prime Minister of Samoa. The website allows free access to Samoan legal information, including legislation and judgments of the Supreme, District and Land and Titles Court.

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