UN looks for human rights progress in the Marshalls

3:12 pm on 6 May 2015

The promotion of human rights in the Marshall Islands is expected to come under further scrutiny during next week's UN review.

The review comes a few weeks after a US State Department report cited issues with prison conditions, government corruption and domestic violence.

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The Marshalls were last reviewed in 2010 and were given 38 recommendations to work on around various rights treaties and concerns.

The Acting Head of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Catherine Phuong, says there are expectations for any Universal Periodic Review.

"When the government accepts recommendations before the Human Rights Council, it means that they commit themselves in front of the international community to implement these recommendations so this will very much be the focus of the second review. The government is expected to have implemented these recommendations or at least made progress."

Ms Phuong says the Marshalls Islands has the one of the lowest human rights treaty ratification records in the region.