PILHRN Lawyers Network

Pacific Islands Lawyers for Human Rights Network

The Pacific Islands Lawyers for Human Rights Network is a regional network of lawyers dedicated to investigating human rights abuses in the Pacific region and raising awareness of human rights issues.

Lawyers in the network have already provided pro bono advice in a number of cases involving HIV, violence against women (VAW), harassment, criminal detainment, commercial sex workers and environmental issues.

The purpose of PILHRN is to allow Pacific island lawyers to network and assist one another in providing the best advice and timely services where human rights are concerned.

Individuals or institutions approaching members of PILHRN for advice or representation are accessing a pool of regional human rights legal knowledge and experience. The Network's lawyers provide rapid legal responses and pro bono advice and preliminary work where human rights issues are at stake.

SPC RRRT is a member of the Network and was a key player in the establishment of the Network in 2007. After its launch, a nucleus of lawyers was formed to draft a constitution and establish an executive body. The Network's executive is comprised of the following members:

Patron – Justice Vui C. Nelson of the Supreme Court of Samoa

Executive Officer – Mr. Russell Kun Esq. Chief Public Defender for the Republic of the Marshall Islands

Secretary – Ms. Sela Moa from Tonga

Treasurer – Ms. Resina Senikuraciri from Fiji

Committee Members – Ms. Barina Waqa (Principal legal Officer) from Nauru; Filipo Masaurua (Pacific Islands Forum Human Rights Advisor); Romulo Nayacalevu (SPC RRRT Senior Legal Trainer)

If you are Lawyer in the Pacific and interested to join this network, please complete the form below. Once we receive your information, we will add you on to the list and we will create a web based portal for sharing information. Check out this space for further updates soon.

Also see Facebook link for the network here Pacific Islands Lawyers for Human Rights Network.

For further information, please contact:

+679 3305 582
[email protected]

 

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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).