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 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 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: