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Tongan theology expert condemns CEDAW critics who  “hide behind church” to discriminate against women  

Tongan theology expert condemns CEDAW critics who  “hide behind church” to discriminate against women  

PHOTO: Dr Nasili Vaka’uta lashes out at his fellow church leaders in Tonga A Tongan minister has lambasted churches and groups which oppose the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), calling them “confused men and women” who “hide behind church, Bible and God in order to continue to discriminate against […]

Tonga government stands firm on its move to sign CEDAW despite protests

Tonga government stands firm on its move to sign CEDAW despite protests

PHOTO: Protesters march from the Basilica of St Anthony Padua to parliament in protest against government’s move to sign CEDAW. Photo/Supplied The Tongan government has vowed to stand firm over its move to ratify the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women despite protests staged by church members in Nuku’alofa this […]

Anti-CEDAW march in Nukuʻalofa

Anti-CEDAW march in Nukuʻalofa

All photos by Hon. Semisi Sika More than 100 marchers gathered at the Basilica of St Anthony Padua and marched up Taufaʻāhau Rd to Tonga’s Parliament this morning in protest against the government’s move to ratify the United Nations’ Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discriminations Against Women (CEDAW). Most of the protesters were members […]

MP Tapueluelu’s future in balance as court investigates claims he breached electoral law

MP Tapueluelu’s future in balance as court investigates claims he breached electoral law

PHOTO: MP Tapueluelu’s future in balance as court investigates claims he breached electoral law.  MP Mateni Tapueluelu’s future in Parliament is in doubt as the Supreme Court investigates whether failure to pay fines imposed in a 2011 court case means he has breached the electoral laws. Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva’s son-in-law owes money to former MP […]

Tongan Government tells church leaders no threat to women, families or morals from CEDAW

Tongan Government tells church leaders no threat to women, families or morals from CEDAW

PHOTO: R-L. Tonga’s Minister for Internal Affairs Hon. Sōsefo Fe’ao Vakatā annoucing Tonga will ratify CEDAW with reservations at UN Commission on the Status of Women 59th Session.   The Tongan government has denied claims by religious leaders that the United Nations’ Convention to Eliminate all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) threatens family peace, harmony and […]

Missing 6-year-old boy in south auckland found

Missing 6-year-old boy in south auckland found

A Tongan family  in South Auckland can now enjoy the rest of the weekend after their boy returned home safely. Korotangi Lalahi, 6, was reported missing yesterday after he failed to return after playing in a friend’s house. His family became worried for his well-being and they contacted Police. Korotangi was found at a friend’s […]

Missing girl ‘Lavinia Nonu’ has been found

Missing girl ‘Lavinia Nonu’ has been found

Victoria Police said last night the “missing Cairnlea teenager, Lavina Nonu has been found”. “She presented to Sunshine police yesterday afternoon. Thanks to all who shared”, Victoria Police said. Lavina was last seen near Goldsmith Avenue, Delahey about 3.20pm on Tuesday. Police and her family were concerned for her welfare as it was out of […]

Two police officers cleared of ‘Inoke Pepa manslaughter 

Two police officers cleared of ‘Inoke Pepa manslaughter 

Tonga’s Supreme Court has cleared two Police Officers of a manslaughter charge after ‘Inoke Pepa, 20, of Vaini died in 2012. Justice Charles Cato acquitted Sosefo Masalu, 27, and Samisoni Taufa, 32, of all their respective charges of manslaughter, the alternative charges of causing grievous bodily harm and common assault. The Supreme Court held that […]

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