19 June 2015

Marshall Islands advocate for nuclear test victims honoured in Taiwan


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The late Darlene Keju … a pioneering Pacific legacy. Image: WCC

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Nineteen years after her death from cancer, Marshall Islander Darlene Keju has been honored in Taiwan with the Global Love of Lives award from a Taipei non-profit foundation.

The Chou Ta-Kuan Educational and Cultural Foundation is honoring 19 people from around the world in an annual ceremony launched 18 years ago following the death of the foundation’s namesake, a Taiwanese boy who died at 10 from cancer.

Keju exposed a United States cover up of nuclear test-caused health problems in her islands and later formed the internationally recognised non-profit group Youth to Youth in Health in the Marshall Islands.

She was represented in Taiwan by Marshall Islands Journal newspaper editor Giff Johnson, her husband of 14 years.

The Chou Ta-Kuan Foundation described Keju as “the Environmental Godmother” of the Marshall Islands who revealed the story of the 67 US nuclear weapons tests at Bikini and Enewetak to protect the safety and health of Marshall Islanders.

Despite Keju’s death in 1996, the youth health organisation she established continues “providing Marshall Islanders with healthcare services and youth leadership training programmes,” said the foundation.

Darlene Keju’s life story, by her husband Giff Johnson.

Giff Johnson published a biography of Keju in 2013 titled, Don’t Ever Whisper — Darlene Keju: Pacific Health Pioneer, Champion for Nuclear Survivors [4].

Keju’s legacy
Keju is the only Pacific islander in the group that is being honored.

Radio Australia’s Richard Ewart spoke [5] to Johnson about Keju’s legacy,

“It’s sad to say that the US nuclear test legacy continues to this day unresolved and that’s one of the reasons why her advocacy 30 years ago is still relevant now,” he said.

Johnson said Darlene had a tendency to jump in on issues that others were ignoring.

“She definitely was a pioneer in getting out ahead of the curve and bringing people along,” he said.

“But I’m sure she would have found a niche that nobody else was developing.”

He said a priority for Keju was in “developing the skills of young people to be advocates and to get out and do work for other people”.

Other recipients
In addition to Keju, the winners of the foundation’s award this year are from South Korea, Norway, Turkey, Ecuador, China, Belgium, Japan, Germany and Taiwan.

They are active in a range of peace, climate, education, health, human rights, and artistic projects.

The 19 recipients were chosen from 2341 applicants from around the world.

During their visit to Taiwan this week, they will share their stories with high school students, meet with President Ma Ying-Jeou and the mayors of New Taipei City and Taichung City, and visit with children in local hospitals to share messages of hope.

Source: Pacific Media Watch 9290

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[2] Pacific Media Watch: http://www.pacmediawatch.aut.ac.nz

[3] Image: http://www.amazon.com/Dont-Ever-Whisper-Giff-Johnson/dp/1489509062

[4] Don’t Ever Whisper — Darlene Keju: Pacific Health Pioneer, Champion for Nuclear Survivors:http://www.pmc.aut.ac.nz/articles/tribute-female-pied-piper-pacific-nuclear-justice

[5] Radio Australia’s Richard Ewart spoke: http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/radio/program/pacific-beat/prominent-marshall-islands-advocate-for-nuclear-test-victims-honoured/1452466

Virgin Islands economic ties with Asia continue to grow

BVI continues to work with China 
to deepen business relationships

By Nadia James-Harris

The Qianhai-British Virgin Islands (BVI) Cooperative Development Forum in Shenzhen, China

SHENZHEN, China -- The government of the British Virgin Islands has indicated that it is ready to continue to working with China in the deepening of business relations between the two countries.

This was highlighted during the recently held Qianhai-British Virgin Islands (BVI) Cooperative Development Forum in Shenzhen, China, on May 26.

The forum was hosted by deputy directors-general of Qianhai Authority: Li Qiang, Peng Shuping, and Tian Min, who provided updates on Qianhai’s latest developments, achievements and future plans.

Over 200 financial practitioners and enterprise representatives participated in the forum, which was themed, “Development for cross-border finance under new economic circumstances.” Topics related to the BVI business opportunities, legislation, and Qianhai-BVI cooperation were widely discussed.

Director of BVI House Asia, Elise Donovan delivered the keynote speech titled, “The BVI – Your International Business Partner”, and introduced the British Virgin Islands financial services and advantages.

The director listed the advantages of using BVI company structures and the diverse usage of BVI companies in asset protection and wealth/fund management and showed the BVI is ready to work with China to deepen bilateral relations and open a new era of future success.

Donovan said, “Qianhai has made remarkable strides in its economic development in a relatively short time, and the BVI’s proven track record in financial services provides a platform for success for the BVI-Qianhai relationship.”

A panel discussion titled “How to promote the interaction and development of Qianhai and BVI cross-border financial business” was held and the panel explored the topics of cooperation between Qianhai and the BVI. 

BVI premier and minister of finance, Dr Orlando Smith, while reflecting on the outcome of the forum, stated, “The successful first official forum between Qianhai and the BVI creates a platform for mutual success going forward, and paves the way for further cooperation and development between the BVI and Qianhai.”

The British Virgin Islands is ranked as the leading offshore financial jurisdiction in the Global Financial Centres Index, and China continues to be the territory’s important partner in Asia.