New Caledonia returns Solomon Islands red feather money

Monday, 25 November 2013, Honiara

Today the Museum of New Caledonia and Solomon Islands National Museum (SINM) are participating in a ceremony marking the return of traditional red feather money (te vau) to Solomon Islands. Red feather money is considered a national treasure by the people of Solomon Islands. This is a welcome new addition to the artifact collection at SINM and it serves to strengthen cultural ties between the Solomon Islands and New Caledonia.

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Lay magistrates to ensure human rights for vulnerable groups

Monday 25 November 2013, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) – Suva, Fiji

A five-day sub-regional lay magistrates’ consultation on human rights, organised by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community Regional Rights Resources Team (SPC RRRT), was officially opened yesterday at the Novotel Hotel in Suva, Fiji.  Lay magistrates and court officers from Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and Vanuatu are attending the consultation.

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Pacific HIV response gets international attention

Friday 22 November 2013, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji

A packed Pacific satellite session at the International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP) in Bangkok, Thailand this week catapulted Pacific perspectives, data and successes onto the international stage.

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Prisoner health is public health

 21 November 2013, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji

Despite the considerable progress on HIV and STI education and prevention programmes in Fiji, there can be even more progress made if people in prisons are included. This was one of the key findings highlighted by the first-ever longitudinal study addressing ways to improve prisoner health and, importantly, the health of communities to which they return after prison.

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