Pacific Anti-Corruption Updates (12 June 2016) – PNG, Samoa, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Fiji

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From the UN Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption (UN-PRAC) Project, a joint initiative of the United Nations Development Programme and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, with support from the Australian Government. Updates shared by Annika Wythes, Mihaela Stojkoska, Luisa Senibulu, and Samita Singh.

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PNG:
Transparency International says stop the violence and protect civil society in Papua New Guinea. “Transparency International and its chapter in Papua New Guinea are joined by 13 TI national chapters across the Asia Pacific region calling on the government of Papua New Guinea to guarantee the safety of anti-corruption activists and citizens and strongly condemn the shooting by the police of unarmed student protesters.”
http://www.transparency.org/news/pressrelease/transparency_international_says_stop_the_violence_and_protect_civil_society
PNG police shoot four protesting university students dead in Port Moresby.  Four people were killed and seven injured when police shot at protesting university students in Papua New Guinea's capital Port Moresby, the country's Parliament has been told.
http://www.pina.com.fj/index.php?p=pacnews&m=read&o=9859184425757a2c2285107acde3e0
Opposition gives notice for new motion against PM.  Papua New Guinea's parliamentary opposition has given notice of another motion of no-confidence against the Prime Minister Peter O'Neill.
http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/305852/png-opposition-gives-notice-for-new-motion-against-pm

Samoa:
Strengthening national capacity to boost integrity.  Samoa’s senior government officials are working with the U.N. in a two-day workshop to analyse where Samoa is already complying with best practices in the U.N.C.A.C. (United Nations Convention Against Corruption) and to identify challenges still needed to be addressed to boost integrity in the public service.
http://www.samoaobserver.ws/en/08_06_2016/local/7164/Strengthening-national-capacity-to-boost-integrity.htm
PM Challenges Public Sector To Have Honesty, Integrity.  Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has rallied the public service to place more emphasis on their responsibility to achieve an “honest, ethical and trustworthy public sector.”
http://www.pireport.org/articles/2016/06/07/samoa-pm-challenges-public-sector-have-honesty-integrity
PM’s opening address: As public servants, we have a responsibility.  “The price of dishonest and unethical behavior is paid by the average citizen. Because every cent you misuse and misappropriate contributes to a bigger problem, which ultimately affects the life of the ordinary person.”
http://www.samoaobserver.ws/en/08_06_2016/local/7163/As-public-servants-we-have-a-responsibility.htm

Vanuatu:
Not guilty plea by Natuman and Maralau. The deputy prime minister and the former police commissioner have pleaded not guilty to charges relating to a conspiracy to block a police investigation; meanwhile, eight people, including several from overseas, are vying to become the next Vanuatu police commissioner.
http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/305793/not-guilty-plea-by-vanuatu's-natuman-and-maralau

Solomon Islands:
Former Heritage Park employee faces fraud charges.  A bail application is likely to be made for a young woman facing a fraud case involving more than $100, 000 belonging to the Heritage Park hotel.
http://www.solomonstarnews.com/news/national/10422-former-heritage-park-employee-faces-fraud-charges

Fiji:
Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) files charges against Prime Fiji Limited.  FICAC has filed charges of forgery against Prime Fiji Limited in the Suva Magistrates Court.
http://fijivillage.com/news/FICAC-files-charges-against-Prime-Fiji-Limited-9k2s5r/
Two charged in FNPF TC Winston scheme to take plea next month.  Two people who are charged in relation to the FNPF Cyclone Winston scheme investigation will take their plea on the 11th of the next month.
http://fijivillage.com/news/Two-charged-in-FNPF-TC-Winston-scheme-to-take-plea-next-month-29kr5s/

For more information about the UN Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption (UN-PRAC) Project, please get in touch with:
Annika Wythes, Anti-Corruption Adviser - Pacific, UNODC, annika.wythes@unodc.org
Mihaela Stojkoska, Anti-Corruption Specialist - Pacific, UNDP, mihaela.stojkoska@undp.org
Luisa Senibulu, Governance Programme Associate, UNDP/UNODC, luisa.senibulu@undp.org
Samita Singh, Programme Assistant - Anti-Corruption, UNDP/UNODC, samita.singh@undp.org

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