16 Jan 2015

Kiribati rights record to be reviewed by UN

1:01 pm on 16 January 2015

Kiribati's human rights record is to be reviewed by the UN Human Rights Council on Monday.

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Photo: RNZI Walter Zweifel

It is one of 14 states that will be looked at by the Universial Periodic Review as part of an ongoing review of all members.

The UN Human Rights Officer in the Pacific Regional Office, Satya Jennings, says Kiribati first took part in the process in 2010.

Ms Jennings says that initial review highlighted a number of issues.

"High levels of violence against women, criminilisation of homosexuality, the pending ratification of core human rights treaties and the need to establish a national human rights institution. These concerns were addressed through recommendations."

Ms Jennings says Monday's review will focus on implementation of those recommendations.

The Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru and Australia are scheduled to be reviewed in October.