Report: Human Rights Across the Pacific

We are thrilled to share with you the first ever HRMI Pacific Report.

This report was produced with data from the new ‘Pacific Specific’ module for the 2020 human rights survey, a set of questions which only appears for survey respondents who are commenting on countries in the Pacific region.

The themes covered in the Pacific Module were ones identified by participants at the 2019 Pacific Region Co-Design Workshop. From an initial brainstormed list of dozens of human rights concerns, the group settled on five major themes:

  • The effect of the climate crisis on human rights
  • Indigenous sovereignty
  • Indigenous land rights
  • Cultural rights
  • Violence against vulnerable groups, specifically: LGBTQIA+ people; women and girls; children; people with disabilities.

Human rights abuses are a constant concern. A growing number of governments and corporations around the world are shrinking civil society spaces. The Pacific Region is not immune from this. Now more than ever there is a need to expand and deepen the reach of civil society, which includes researchers, media, academia, and community groups. The front-line fight for justice requires an underpinning of strong research and accurate information and insights.

Tiumalu Peter Fa′afiu, Chair, Pacific Media Network, Aotearoa/New Zealand; Global Director, Amnesty International; former Board Member, New Zealand Media Council.

The Pacific Module is a collaborative and engaging initiative, an effort of co-design between HRMI and Pacific human rights practitioners with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We are very grateful for the many people throughout the Pacific region who have contributed their time, knowledge, expertise, voice, and mana to help produce the data presented in this report and on the HRMI Rights Tracker.

Download the Pacific Report PDF here. All the data are available on our Rights Tracker.

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