[ap-intact] INFO: Pacific Anti-Corruption Updates (17 April 2015) – Youth Forum, Fiji, PNG, Solomon Islands

[Facilitator’s note: Thank you to Annika Wythes, Luisa Senibulu, and Samita Singh of the joint UNDP-UNODC Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption Project for sharing these updates.]

Pacific Youth Forum Against Corruption poster. The poster at right was developed from the winner of the Pacific Youth Forum Against Corruption “Capturing Corruption Photo Contest”, an initiative of the joint UNDP/UNODC UN Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption Project, in partnership with the Pacific Youth Council. The winning entry was submitted by Daniel Fisher of the Cook Islands. The photo contest was part of the lead up to the Youth Forum.

See also: Pacific youths selected as winners of ‘Capturing Corruption’ photo contest.

Fiji: Corrections boss in FICAC spotlight. The Fiji Corrections Service says the country's anti-corruption watchdog is investigating its chief, Lieutenant Colonel Ifereimi Vasu. http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/271263/fiji-corrections-boss-in-ficac-spotlight

Fiji: Call for restrictions on NGOs to go before next election. The international group which observed Fiji's election last year has called for revisions in a law restricting civil society groups. http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/271308/call-for-restrictions-on-fiji-ngos-to-go-before-next-election

Fiji: Opposition in 'wonder' over MP resignation. Fiji's opposition says it's concerned about the sudden resignation of the former health minister. http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/271157/fiji%27s-opposition-in-%27wonder%27-over-mp-resignation

PNG: Report on MPs performance out soon. Transparency International Papua New Guinea is due to release its second Parliament Performance Report next month. http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/271329/report-on-png-mps-performance-out-soon

PNG: Social media law could chill free speech. Punishing social media use could remove an essential check and balance on abuse of power in Papua New Guinea, warns the Pacific Freedom Forum. http://www.pacificfreedomforum.org/2015/04/say-no-to-png-social-media-law-pff.html

PNG: Corruption hotline nets hundreds of possible cases of graft. An anonymous text message line has uncovered 250 cases of potential corruption in the Papua New Guinea's Department of Finance. http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/radio/program/pacific-beat/png-corruption-hotline-nets-hundreds-of-possible-cases-of-graft/1436464

Solomon Islands: Lands Minister vows to fight corruption. The Minister of Lands, Housing & Survey (MLHS) has told Parliament he will work hard to get rid of corrupt practises within the Ministry. http://www.solomonstarnews.com/news/national/6571-lands-minister-vows-to-fight-corruption

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