Tuesday, 09 April 2013

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Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women
Thirty-ninth session
23 July-10 August 2007

Tuesday, 09 April 2013

The Pacific Community

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Source: Britannica.com

The geographic region of the Pacific includes roughly 10,000 islands in the Pacific Ocean. The Pacific island countries make up the Pacific Community of 26 members.

They include the 22 Pacific Island countries and territories served by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC):

American Samoa, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Pitcairn Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, and Wallis and Futuna plus Australia, France, New Zealand and the United States of America (four of the founding countries).

RRRT is currently implementing activities in seven of the Pacific island countries: Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Nauru, Federated States of Micronesia and Vanuatu.



The Pacific Regional Rights Resource Team provides training for civil society organisations and actors in a variety of ways.

Civil society representatives are included in many of RRRT's programmed activities.

The Pacific Regional Rights Resource Team provides training support and technical assistance to service providers to strengthen their ability to deliver services in line with human rights guidelines and principles.

The Pacific Regional Rights Resource Team facilitates annual workshops for lawyers and magistrates from around the Pacific region.

The purpose of the training is to promote social justice and good governance through the increased application of human rights principles in legal proceedings.

Similarly, RRRT facilitate consultations every two years where judges from the region converge to discuss the application of human rights principles in policy and law. 

Additionally, RRRT provides human rights training to law students through the post-graduate Pacific Diploma in Legal Practise offered by the University of the South Pacific. 

RRRT provides focused training for legal practitioners because they are key agents in the implementation of international human rights standards at the national level.

Legal practitioners can affect access to justice, policy environments and development agendas.

Demonstrating the benefit and application of human rights principles to legal practitioners serves to improve justice and governance mechanisms.

An enhanced human rights culture strengthens the rule of law and democracy in the Pacific.

The Regional Rights Resource Team facilitates periodic consultations for members of parliament with the purpose of advancing human rights compliant legislative change.

The consultations seek to include several members of parliament from each Pacific Island country that is a member of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.

The MPs receive presentations and debate issues pertinent to the Pacific region and context.

The consultations focus on significant and emerging human rights issues in the Pacific region, including sexual and gender based violence, human rights and climate change, disability inclusiveness and HIVAIDS.

The consultations also explain the processes for ratifying international human rights conventions in Pacific Island countries and the participation of countries in the UN Universal Periodic Review and other international human rights mechanisms.

Key outcomes of MP's consultations include:

  • Human Rights declarations that affirm the MP's committment to the realisation of Human Rights in the region. For example, the 2015 MPs consultation in Nadi, Fiji resulted in a Human Rights Declaration titled the Denarau 2015 Declaration on Human Rights and Good Governance.
  • In 2012 the MPs who attended the MPs consultation in Brisbane signed a statement calling for increased efforts and sustained action to eliminate violence against women and girls, under the framework of the UN Secretary General's UNiTE campaign. In signing the historic statement, the parliamentarians joined heads of state, ministers and parliamentarians from over 75 countries worldwide that have expressed political will to make ending violence against women.

The Pacific Regional Rights Resource Team provides training support and technical assistance to a range of government actors, including civil servants, policy makers and those in service provision positions.

The 2014 National Human Rights Award initiative

Since 1999, the Pacific Human Rights Award has been organised and offered at the regional level.

This year 2014, RRRT is proud to announce that the initiative will be taken down to the national level in 6 Pacific Island countries namely FSM, Kiribati, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Tuvalu to be rolled out in collaboration with relevant Government ministries and institutions in those countries.

To learn more about the 2014 national human rights awards, follow the links below.

Flag Kiribatian

Kiribati Human Rights Awards

Guidelines for entry

Tonga flag

Tonga Human Rights Awards

Guidelines for entry

Flag Samoan

Samoa Human Rights Awards

Guidelines for entry

Flag Tuvalu Country

Tuvalu Human Rights Awards

Guidelines for entry

Flag Solomon Isles

Solomon Is Human Rights Awards

Guidelines for entry

FSM flag

FSM Human Rights Awards

Guidelines for entry

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).