Human Rights Status

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Date of signature/ratification 
Ratified 15 February 2008
Art 8(3) and 10(2)(3)
reporting status as of October 2011
Initial report due since 15 May 2009

Date of signature/ratification 
Ratified 25 September 1992
latest report submitted
11 August 2010


Date of signature/ratification 
Ratified 29 November 1994
Art 28 (1)(a)
latest report submitted
1 November 2005
reporting status as of October 2011
Combined 2nd, 3rd and 4th periodic reports
overdue on 28 December 2011

Date of signature/ratification 
Signed 6 February 2007


RRRT in Samoa

RRRT is currently supporting the country in the following area;

  • Inclusion of participants into regional training for lawyers, MPs, civil society and judicial officers
  • Drafting options on comprehensive and integrated VAW legislation handbook for Samoa
  • Support to civil society, civil servants in legislative lobbying

Past support included;

  • Provision of national level training on human rights ratification and reporting to NGOs and Government as well as on UPR reporting
  • Support to the State UPR process through technical assistance and training
  • Support to Community Paralegal Training
  • The HIV, Ethics and Human Rights review in Samoa, 2009
  • Support to the draft domestic violence bill
  • Placement of a Country Focal Officer to support activities on Gender Equality, Human rights and Strategic legislative lobbying campaigns.

For further information about RRRT's achievements in the region, visit Our Achievements page.

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).