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SPC provides technical support PNG to establish their Human Rights Commission

Submitted by onorinas on Tue, 26/04/2022 - 16:47

The Pacific Community’s (SPC) Human Rights and Social Development Division (HRSD) team visited PNG last week to provide technical support to the Papua New Guinea (PNG) Department for Justice & the Attorney General (DJAG) and the Department for Community Development and Religion (DFCDR) to assist in the establishment of a PNG Human Rights Commission (HRC).

A week-long workshop brought key stakeholders together, including Deputy Directors from DJAG and DFCDR, representatives from the Law Reform Commission and Ombudsman’s Office and SPC partner organisations the Asia Pacific Forum for NHRIs and OHCHR. A roadmap for establishment of the PNG HRC was developed through the week and several key working relationships, which will drive the initiative forwards, were agreed.

The outcomes reflected a renewed commitment towards the establishment of a Human Rights Commission in PNG, which would be a major achievement for the government, not least in realising SDG goal 16 and would also address several recommendations recently received from the United Nations Human Rights Council as part of its Universal Periodic Review.

HRSD Director, Miles Young, remarked “the establishment of a National Human Rights Institution is essential for all Pacific Island Countries, and we congratulate PNG in taking these steps towards realisation that goal.”

HRSD’s participation was welcomed by the PNG participants with one Deputy Director remarking that this international support would ‘build momentum and lend credibility’ around the establishment efforts. It also represented SPC’s efforts to engage more substantively with PNG and support large scale human rights initiatives and other development activities. The workshop was therefore also an opportunity for the team to discuss SPC’s new strategic plan with senior officials to explore additional future opportunities for technical assistance.

The request for technical assistance on the PNG HRC establishment resulted from consultations carried out under SPC’s PROJECT Governance – a USAID funded 5-year programme which seeks to build sound, just and responsive governance across the Pacific. HRSD’s participation was therefore made possible by the generous support of the American people through

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Submitted by Admin on Mon, 27/09/2021 - 15:18
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About the East-West Center

The East-West Center(link is external) promotes better relations and understanding among the United States, Asia and the Pacific through collaborative study, research, and dialogue. Across Asia and the Pacific Islands, and at our campuses in Honolulu and Washington DC, the Center hosts conferences, exchanges, and in-depth trainings for policymakers, educators, cultural and civil-society leaders, and entrepreneurs. The Center conducts multidisciplinary research on environmental issues, public health, demography, economic policy and geopolitics, and provides graduate degree fellowships for the next generation of leaders. The Center also hosts the Pacific Islands Development Program(link is external)—the focal point of EWC programming for Pacific nations, and the seat of the secretariat of the Pacific Islands Conference of Leaders.

EWC and PROJECT Governance

The East-West Center is proud to join SPC, IFES, and CARE as part of the Blue Pacific Alliance implementing PROJECT Governance. EWC will lead four mutually reinforcing activities focused on supporting financial-governance offices and officials across the region:

For more information about the East-West Center and PROJECT Governance, please contact us at [email protected].

Pacific Human Rights Situational Analysis Report 2020

Pacific Human Rights Situational Analysis Report 2020

The Pacific Human Rights Situational Analysis Report 2020  analyses the situation of human rights across 16 Pacific Islands Countries (PICs) in the region:  Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Republic of Kiribati, Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), Republic of Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Kingdom of Tonga, Tuvalu, and Republic of Vanuatu.

This edition covers the period from June 2016 to December 2019 and includes a special chapter on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on human rights in the Pacific in 2020.   The situation of human rights in the Pacific has been assessed through desktop research compiled from open sources including the United Nations Universal Periodic Review and treaty bodies. It is brought to you by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and SPC’s Human Rights and Social Development Division.

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