Our Achievements

The Big Nine publication – an important reference for judges, magistrates, legal practitioners and law students across the Pacific, launched by RRRT in January 2015 The Big Nine publication – an important reference for judges, magistrates, legal practitioners and law students across the Pacific, launched by RRRT in January 2015

Over the past decade, together with our partners, we have made significant headway in the promotion and realisation of human rights in the Pacific. Recognising and taking advantage of key opportunities, providing information and training, creating a groundswell of opinion, or through mobilising for change, we have contributed significantly to;

Family Protection legislation in the region

Four Pacific Island countries passed Family Protection legislation to protect families especially women and girls from violence;

Tonga: Family Protection Act 2013

Kiribati: Family Peace Act 2014

Solomon Islands: Family Protection Act 2014

Tuvalu: Family Protection Act 2014 

There is ongoing drafting works in PNG and Niue as well as implementation plans for Sols, Tonga, Kiribati and Tuvalu.

USP Diploma in Leadership, Governance & Human Rights

The University of the South Pacific (USP), in partnership with the Regional Rights Resources Team of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) launched a new Diploma in Leadership, Governance and Human Rights in February 2013. The Diploma is scooping high enrolments since its launch;

- 649 enrolments over five subjects in the first two years, 130% increase in student numbers for the introductory course since its first offering in semester 1, 2013 (from 73 enrolments to 169), - 57.3% of enrolments are women

- 13 Pacific island countries represented in student enrolments (Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu)

The Diploma aims to produce graduates who will be better able to provide leadership, communicate ideas, solve problems, analyse arguments, research new topics, and contribute to effective development in their communities and organisations.

Human Rights Reporting

To date, ten Pacific Island Countries have been supported by SPC RRRT together with other development partners to comply with the United Nation’s Universal Periodic Review process.

SPC RRRT contributed to national capacity development and good governance through extensive training, mock exercises, general advice and related technical assistance around reporting.  

 



SPC’s Regional Rights Resource Team receives core funding from the Australian Government and additional project support from the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Pacific Leadership Programme (PLP), European Union (EU) and the German Development Bank (KfW).