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Addressing Gun Violence in the Caribbean and the Pacific

15 July 2016

The Diplomat (Japan)

"The seas bring us together, they do not separate us." –Constitution of the Federated States of Micronesia The Caribbean and the Pacific each offer a unique and contrasting perspective toward addressing armed violence. Despite sharing similar challenges as Small Island Developing States (SIDS), each region faces very different circumstances on the ground. In light of this, each region has taken a different approach toward addressing armed violence. The Pacific stands... (

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Cook Islands

Youths Fire Shotgun Blast During Attempted Robbery in Cook Islands

9 April 2009

Cook Islands News

An armed burglary went wrong at Raviz Indian restaurant in the early hours of Wednesday morning and is now being treated as attempted murder. Police said yesterday that three employees were in the Avarua restaurant around 2.30am when two offenders — one carrying a lump of wood and the other a 12-gauge shotgun — attempted to rip the cash register from the restaurant bar. Police Commissioner Pat Tasker said the offenders were disturbed by the three employees. As a... (

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Cook Islands,New Zealand

Exiled 19yr-old New Zealander Shot, Injured 3 on Cook Islands Atoll

3 August 2007

New Zealand Herald / NZPA

Cook Islands police holding a former Aucklander who shot three locals on the remote atoll of Pukapuka in the northern Cooks have not disclosed his motives. The man, 19, sent out to Rarotonga as a teenager, shot Niua school principal Bob Tearetoa, his wife Ngatere Tearetoa, both from the Aitutaki community, and another man, Kiriti Mataora, Radio Niu FM reported. The man went on a shooting rampage in Pukapuka at 2am on Saturday, when he entered the home of the... (

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Cook Islands

Murder Inquiry After Man Found Bashed to Death in Rarotonga

28 January 2003

Pacific News Agency Service / PACNEWS

RAROTONGA — Another murder has occurred in the Cook Islands, four months after a woman was found dead in her home. Police are treating the discovery of a deceased male body on the Rarotonga Golf Course in Nikao yesterday morning as' suspicious.' Police Commissioner Pira Wichman said police were conducting a homicide investigation into the discovery of the body of a 21-year-old male. The Commissioner said the name of the deceased man would be released once... (

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