Posts Tagged ‘exploitation’

Kenyan bishop: Poor could be exploited in COVID vaccine trials

Monday, May 18th, 2020

A Kenyan bishop said testing potential coronavirus vaccines on his countrymen could disrespect human dignity, and amount to a breach of the country’s constitution, especially if Kenyans are not fully informed of the risks involved in testing new drugs. “Whereas the Covid-19 pandemic is a grave matter at hand, it should not in any way Read more

Papua New Guinea’s timber exports to China illegal

Thursday, August 2nd, 2018
timber exports

Millions of tonnes of illegally logged timber, felled from forests across Papua New Guinea (PNG), are being exported to China and from there to the world as finished wood products, a new report from Global Witness has revealed. In 2016, PNG provided 29% of China’s tropical log imports, making it the country’s single largest supplier. Read more

Exploiting nuns must stop, says magazine

Monday, March 5th, 2018

Exploiting nuns by using them for cheap or free labour must stop. The male hierarchy should stop treating them like lowly servants, a Vatican magazine says. Lucetta Scaraffia, who is the editor of the Vatican magazine “Women, Church, World”, says “Until now, no one has had the courage to denounce these things.” She says nuns Read more

Oceania Bishops heartened by opposition to seabed mining

Monday, August 14th, 2017
seabed mining

Catholic Bishops representing Oceania say they are “heartened to learn of the systematic and coordinated opposition to seabed mining, which turns the ocean floor into a stage of exploitative destruction of ocean habitats.” The Executive Committee of the Federation of Catholic Bishops Conferences of Oceania (CEPAC), which covers Australia, Papua New Guinea, the  Solomon Islands Read more

Douglas Tennent – Mystery remains while deportation under review

Monday, June 19th, 2017

The Papua New Guinea Immigration Department is reviewing its decision to deport Catholic lay worker Douglas Tennent. Acting chief immigration officer, Solomon Kantha said Tennent’s visa was cancelled by Immigration and Foreign Affairs Minister Rimbink Pato because of his alleged involvement on landowner issues. He said the decision was based on a complaint from landowners Read more

NZ Catholic Church worker deported from Papua New Guinea

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

A New Zealand Catholic church worker, providing legal advice to landowners, has deported from Papua New Guinea. Despite a court order staying his deportation, Douglas Tennent was forced to leave PNG on Monday after being told on Friday by immigration officials he was abusing the conditions of his religious worker visa. Now back in New Read more

Sensing Murder: A ‘crime against TV’ ?

Monday, March 20th, 2017

I heartily dislike Sensing Murder, and believe it is a cynical example of the pursuit of ratings over responsibility, that TVNZ should be ashamed of themselves for commissioning it, that the psychics themselves prey on the grief of desperate families and that it is worth remembering that the show has never once solved a murder, Read more

Pasifika men among those living in slave-like conditions on fishing boats

Friday, September 23rd, 2016
fishing boats

About 700 workers from impoverished parts of Southeast Asia and the Pacific islands are working in Hawaiian fishing boats without proper works permits or basic rights and protection. A federal loophole allows American boats to employ workers in the dangerous industry for years at a time – provided they never step foot on shore. An Read more

Isabel Bishop says they are not ready for mining

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

The country is not ready for mining, says Anglican Church of Melanesia’s Bishop and Isabel Paramount Chief James Mason. He made the observation during last week’s National Conference on Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative. “I felt that there’s no justification for the poor land owning tribes who were always the losers in their own lands. “The Read more

Filipino workers charged up to $145 a week to rent a bed

Friday, May 15th, 2015

A landlord is charging Filipino workers up to $145 a week for a single bed in a seven-bedroom house. The Hornby house, in Christchurch, has 20 beds. Six of them are bunk beds. Two are in a small sleepout. The workers said the house was full at one point last year. A recent visit found Read more