Human Rights

February 2014

Sold for Sex!

Dionisia Tabureguci

Ongoing police investigation into a human trafficking racket in Fiji has uncovered the exploitation of two 12-year old girls who are allegedly being sold for sex.

MSG meets to seek answers from delegation

Robert Matau

The Melanesian Spearhead Group heads into further talks this month to seek more answers from the MSG mission that failed to meet indigenous West Papuan leaders in West Papua last month.

March 2013

Keeping the promise on March 8

Ariela Zibiah

It has been more than 100 years since a proposal that a celebration of and for women be held every year in every country on the same day was tabled at the second international conference of working women in Copenhagen by Clara Zetkin, as the leader of Germany’s Social Democratic ...

May 2012

Pacific vulnerable to human trafficking

Dionisia Tabureguci

As the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) joins other Pacific countries like Palau and Fiji to enact laws that tackle Trafficking In Persons (TIP), recent analysis has revealed the vulnerability of the Pacific islands region in this organised criminal activity.

June 2012

Sustainable development and human rights

Sean Hobbs

This month sees the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, also known as ‘Rio+20’ or ‘Earth Summit 2012’ getting underway.

September 2012

People with disabilities on the path to equality in the Pacific

Ruby Awa

People with disabilities can experience discrimination, exclusion and neglect. This is true in the Pacific and around the world.

January 2012

A regional human rights mechanism for the Pacific?

Sean Hobbs

The Pacific and Central Asia share a peculiar similarity. They are the only locations not covered by a regional human rights mechanism, such as a human rights commission or court.

October 2012

The 1954 Bravo test: In the eyes of a 2-year-old

Jeban Riklon traveled half way around the world to be present at the September 13 United Nations Human Rights Council's hearing on the human rights impact of US nuclear testing in the Marshall Islands.

US govt reacts, but Marshalls wants more to be done

Reacting to the release last month of the UN Special Rapporteur's report on nuclear testing in the Marshall Islands, the US Embassy in Majuro said: "The United States is committed to a continuing dialogue and cooperation with the Marshallese people and their government on this important issue."

Nuclear roadmap

Giff Johnson

The release in mid-September of the United Nations Special Rapporteur's report on the human rights impact of nuclear testing in the Marshall Islands provides a roadmap for the United States, the United Nations and the Marshall Islands to effectively address the numerous outstanding problems in this north Pacific nation.