Human rights issues highlighted in Marshalls

9:28 am on 27 April 2015

Prison conditions, government corruption and domestic violence are the main human rights problems in the Marshall Islands, according to the latest Human Rights Report issued by the U.S. State Department.

The report for 2014 also found other human rights problems including child abuse, sex trafficking, and lack of legal provisions protecting worker's rights.

The report noted that the government initiated and successfully concluded prosecutions and punished officials who committed abuses.

The report follows the submission last month to the United Nations of a report on a survey showing that seven out of 10 women in the Marshall Islands experienced violence in their lives.

These are among issues that will be addressed next month in Geneva when Marshall Islands government officials appear for their second Universal Periodic Review of human rights in the Marshall Islands.

The State Department's report said Majuro jail conditions did not meet international standards.