Marshalls taking body of work to UN review

6:55 am on 4 May 2015

The Marshall Islands government says it has done a lot of work to address human rights concerns leading up to a United Nations review.

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A kid in the Marshall Islands Photo: RNZI

A delegation will travel to Geneva in Switzerland for the country's second Universal Periodic Review of human rights this week.

This comes soon after a US State Department report highlighted issues with prison conditions, government corruption and domestic violence.

But the foreign affairs secretary Bruce Kijiner says the government has come a long way since its last review in 2010, citing work around the convention for the rights of the child and against discrimination of women.

"The Marshall Islands has acceded to the protocol on child protection but there are other areas that we are also addressing including some optional protocols of both the CRC and CEDAW. We are looking in what way we can address both existing law and try to frame them to cater for the requirements."