ABA Journal: New database tracks gender-based violence sentencing decisions in the Pacific. “Among the data compiled for each country, the TrackGBV Dashboard highlights contentious factors in gender-based violence cases that could discriminate against survivors when used in mitigation by the court. These include gender stereotyping; customary practices, such as forgiveness ceremonies; and other factors, such as a perpetrator’s religious activities.” The database currently contains information about Samoa, Fiji, and Papua New Guinea. Other Pacific nations will be added in the future.
BuzzFeed News: It’s A US Territory Where The Coronavirus Never Arrived — But Some Residents Can’t Get Home
BuzzFeed News: It’s A US Territory Where The Coronavirus Never Arrived — But Some Residents Can’t Get Home. “Even as more than 217,000 people have died of COVID-19 in the US, American Samoa has had zero recorded cases of the virus. The remote US territory — a small island located in the Pacific Ocean, roughly equidistant between Hawaii and New Zealand — is the sole part of the country that has managed to remain completely COVID-free, largely due to the governor’s move in late March to completely close off the island to the outside world to prevent the virus from coming in.”
Dev Policy Blog: Elections in Samoa: a new database. “Since becoming an independent state in 1962, Samoa has held fifteen general elections. With the help of many others, we have now brought the results of all these elections into a single place for the first time. This is the Samoan Election Results Database.”
Samoa is getting an archaeological and heritage database. “The archaeological and cultural history will be revisited by local archaeologists and historians from the National University Centre for Samoan studies for the purpose of documenting, conserving and preserving cultural heritage. The US government is funding the project with a 65 thousand US dollar grant announced by the US Ambassador for Samoa, Mark Gilbert.”