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Thursday 30 July 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
On behalf of the Australia West Papua Association (Sydney), I am writing to you concerning the deteriorating human rights situation in West Papua.
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Sunday 7 June 2015
Pago Pago, American Samoa
It should not take a rocket-scientist to see that in vain we claim to build a Pacific Nation’s economy when the biggest chunk of the budget goes into payroll. Investment is where we should spend most of our budget instead. - Desert WarLord
Friday 29 May 2015
Pago Pago, American Samoa
Those who think that equality for all including women, can be accomplished without ratification of CEDAW, are deluded. … People should march to the Palace to assure that the Constitution is solid against abortion and same-sex marriage … not against CEDAW. - Sione Lousiale Kava
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Monday 25 May 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
We are concerned at a few levels about illicit trade of cigarettes being imported into Tonga without health warnings and certificates of origin. - John Paul Chapman.
1 comment
Friday 22 May 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The way forward for us as a nation, is as equals. At Talitha Project, we strive for the equality of men and women as we believe that in God’s eyes we are all the same, in that we are His children. CEDAW’s purpose and establishment is reinforcement of that belief, and we will stand by it in full support. - Vanessa Heleta
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Wednesday 20 May 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Oku ‘iai ‘a e hoha’a ‘a e Women and Children Crisis Centre ki he fakamatala fekau’aki mo e tohi tangi kuo tufaki holo ‘i Tonga ni ‘i he fanauako ke nau fakamo’oni ki ai ke fakaha ‘aki ‘enau ta’eloto ke fakamo’oni ‘a e Pule’anga Tonga ki he CEDAW. - ‘Ofa Guttenbeil, WCCC.
Tuesday 12 May 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Kuo tukumai ‘e he kau Taki Lotu ‘ae ‘ikai kenau loto ke tali ‘e Tonga ‘ae CEDAW. Ko e makatu’unga tefito ‘I he’enau lau, koe’uhi pe koe ngaahi faka’uhinga ‘oku fepaki ‘ae ngaahi kupu ‘e ni’ihi ‘oe CEDAW mo e tokateline ‘oe Lotu. Ko e Kupu 10(h) mo e 12(1) ‘oku faka’uhinga’I ki he fakatotama pea pehe ki he Kupu 16 ‘oku faka’uhinga’I ‘oku fekau’aki mo e mali tatau. -Tito Kivalu
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Monday 11 May 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The current incessant pressure applied by proponents to ratify CEDAW takes me back to Mary Fonua’s account (Feb. 12, 2015). She wrote that CEO Lōpeti Senituli assembled a group of educated and prominent ladies, as “relevant stakeholders” to decide the fate of CEDAW. - Sione Ake-mei-hakau Mokofisi.
Friday 8 May 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Ko e ngaahi fehu’i ‘e 14 ‘o fakafofonga’i ‘a e setāsio ‘e 14, hala hotau fakamo’ui´, Sēsū Kilisitō/Sisū Kalaisi ki he kolosi´, ne ‘ohake mo fa’u mei he tali ‘a e kau taki lotu ‘i Tonga ki he CEDAW, ‘oku mau kole ki he ‘Otua Mafimafi´ ke tokonia mautolu ‘i he’emau lotua ‘a e ngāue ‘a e pule’anga Tonga´ ki he CEDAW:… -Sr Dr Kalo Sikimeti
Thursday 7 May 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The misconception around abortion and same-sex marriage is just a cover-up for attacks against CEDAW. We need to start talking about the real fears in people, particularly men who are in high positions of power and use these powers to control the masses - the real fear is about women and women’s rights overall. The real fear is about giving up male privileges. If we want to talk open and honestly let’s get down to business and stop using CEDAW as an excuse. - ‘Ofa-Ki-Levuka Guttenbeil-Likiliki
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Sunday 26 April 2015
USA
The Queen’s urging to reduce the high school dropouts’ rates seemed to fall on deaf ears. To mitigate Tonga’s high school dropouts epidemic, I suggest the following 10 steps… - ‘Afa K. Palu.
Sunday 12 April 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Ain’t it amusing that Prime Minister Pōhiva and his cronies at the PMO, are the same gang who attacked past governments like fangs-bared “watchdogs,” are using the same tactics to silence their critics? – Sione Ake-mei-hakau Mokofisi.
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Saturday 4 April 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
By whose authority to protect government leaders from media representatives in a press conference? Kalafi Moala and the master of ceremony repeated this restriction during the conference. This is undemocratic! – Sione Ake-mei-hakau Mokofisi.
2 comments
Wednesday 1 April 2015
Suva, Fiji
There is no multi-million dollar computer software that has been cleared or passed by Cabinet to be purchased from the PM’s son (me). I also do not have a software system as the author alleges. - Siaosi Pohiva.
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Monday 30 March 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lord Vaea identified the Tongan language as the foundation of our democracy. Poor quality of writing – and the lackluster quality of statesmanship by politicians − is a threat to our language, therefore posing a threat to our democracy. – Sione Ake-mei-hakau Mokofisi.
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Thursday 26 March 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Government and people lose hundreds of thousands of dollars each whale watch season. – Selia Simmons.
2 comments
Tuesday 24 March 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new multi-million-dollar software is now being cleared through Cabinet, to be purchased from the PM ‘Akilisi Pohiva’s son and his partner Paula Piveni Piukala to replace the existing computer program that has been used by the Education Department. – Sione Ake-mei-haku Mokofisi.
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Tuesday 17 March 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
We and the Government I led were opposed to ratifying CEDAW. We, the Government of the day, subsequently agreed to have a full and frank debate in the House, following the receipt of a petition introduced to the House by some of the people’s representatives. – Lord Sevele ‘o Vailahi.
Tuesday 17 March 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
I recall your 2009 report on the Parliament’s 21-1 vote against ratifying CEDAW; it included Prime Minister Pōhiva who voted against ratification. It is, therefore, as clear as noonday to me that Parliament has not passed legislation re-authorizing the ratification of CEDAW if it has previously voted against it. – Sione A. Mokofisi.
Sunday 15 March 2015
Suva, Fiji
It is without doubt that the atmospheric dynamics of TC Bavi and TC Nathan on TC Pam, saved Fiji … This is what we can truly call an “Act of God”, without any doubt in my mind. - Dr Sushil K. Sharma.

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