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.