There are currently NHRIs in three PCEP countries - Fiji, Samoa and Tuvalu.
NHRIs are State bodies with a constitutional and/or legislative mandate to protect and promote human rights. However, they operate and function independently from government. While their specific mandate may vary, the general role of NHRIs is to address discrimination in all its forms, as well as to promote the protection of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights.
Output 1 of the project will carry out relevant activities in order to encourage Commonwealth PICs to establish or strengthen Paris-principle compliant NHRIs.
NHRIs can play a key role in facilitating conversations about what human rights means within each national context, acknowledging the different approach required across the Commonwealth PICs.
PCEP recognises that NHRIs are an essential State oversight mechanism to ensure human rights are implemented domestically.
The following activities will be carried out under Output 1:
- NHRI Small Grants Programme;
- Development of Human Rights Public
- Education Materials;
- NHRI Peer to Peer Learning;
- NHRI Establishment Support (Scoping Studies or technical assistance);
- NHRI Regional Forum; and
- Development of a Pacific NHRI Toolkit.