Solomon Islands

Human Rights Status

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Convention

ICESCR
Date of signature/ratification
Ratified 17 March 1982
Declaration/reservation
"Maintains the reservations entered by the
United Kingdom save in so far as the same
cannot apply to Solomon Islands"
(Arts 7(a)(i), 10(1), 13(2)(a) and 14)
latest report submitted
2 July 2001
reporting status as of October 2011
2nd report overdue since 30 June 2005

CEDAW

Date of signature/ratification
Ratified 6 May 2002
reporting status
Initial report overdue since 5 June 2003

CRC

Date of signature/ratification
Ratified 10 April 1995
latest report submitted
27 February 2001
reporting status as of October 2011
Combined 2nd and 3rd periodic reports overdue
since 9 May 2007

CERD

Date of signature/ratification
Ratified 17 May 1982
latest report submitted
Initial report in 1983
reporting status as of October 2011
Combined 2nd to 13th periodic report overdue
since 1985 to 2007 respectively
Convention

CRPD

Date of signature/ratification
Signed 23 September 2008
Convention

 OP-CEDAW

Date of signature/ratification
Signed 6 May 2002
Conventions
OP-ICESCR
OP-CRC-AC
OP-CRC-SC
OP-CRPD
Date of signature/ratification
all signed on 24 September 2009

Source: http://pacific.ohchr.org/docs/HR_Pacific_v7_July_25.pdf

RRRT in Solomon Islands

RRRT is currently supporting the country in the following areas;

  • Placement of a Country Focal Officer to support activities on Gender Equality, Human rights and Strategic legislative lobbying campaigns
  • Handbook for Solomon Islands on drafting options on comprehensive and integrated VAW legislation
  • Contribution to the development of draft legislation to comprehensively address Violence Against Women Support to the national CEDAW task force and task force on VAW
  • Inclusion of participants into regional training for lawyers, MPs, civil society and judicial officials
  • Support to civil society, civil servants in legislative lobbying

Past support included;

  • Support to NGOs and Government Solomon Islands in reporting to the CEDAW committee
  • Support to the CRC state report through the provision of technical advice, assistance compiling the report
  • Support to the State in the UPR reporting process; training and technical assistance
  • Support to Community Paralegal Training from 1995-2010
  • Support to Solomon Islands Law Reform Commission in revising the Evidence Act 2009
  • Support resulting in the ratification of CEDAW Optional Protocol and the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) by Solomon Islands
  • The HIV, Ethics and Human Rights review in Solomon Islands, 2009
  • Several training programmes provided resulted in skills and knowledge used to advance campaigns for several legislation and policies including:
    • Comprehensive Domestic Violence legislation
    • Child and Family Protection Bill
    • HIV legislation
    • The TSM campaign; and
    • a disability inclusive policy



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).