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Nauru to consider options for human rights body

The Government of Nauru invited a regional delegation to provide advice on the potential establishment of a national human rights mechanism in line with international standards.

The Government of Nauru invited a regional delegation to provide advice on the potential establishment of a national human rights mechanism in line with international standards.

The Government of Nauru invited a regional delegation to visit the country this month to provide advice on the potential establishment of a national human rights mechanism in line with international standards.

Located in the South Pacific Ocean, Nauru is a small island nation with a population of approximately 10,000.

The delegation will include representatives from the APF, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the Australian Human Rights Commission.

As part of the week-long visit, from 23-27 November 2009, consultations will be held with a broad range of groups, including Government departments and ministries; parliamentarians; the judiciary; faith-based and professional groups; non-government organisations; and minority and vulnerable groups.

The delegation will evaluate current initiatives to progress human rights in Nauru and develop a proposal for a national human rights mechanism that would be most suitable to Nauru’s legal, political and cultural situation, while also considering available resources.

At the conclusion of the visit, the delegation will deliver a report and recommendations to the Government of Nauru.

In April this year, government representatives from Nauru and other Pacific Island countries took part in a regional workshop to examine pathways for the establishment of national human rights institutions.

Nauru’s Minister for Justice also attended this year’s APF Annual Meeting and Conference, held in Jordan, in August.

A number of Pacific Island states, including Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Palau, are currently taking steps towards establishing national human rights institutions (NHRIs).

The APF welcomes the commitment shown by the Government of Nauru to advance human rights in the region.

Read more

  • Making It Happen is a publication prepared by the OHCHR and the APF which outlines the steps involved in establishing NHRIs that meet the standards set out in the Paris Principles.
  • Samoa Declaration, adopted by participants at the Regional Workshop on the Establishment of National Human Rights Mechanisms in the Pacific (April 2009)
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