13 Oct 2016

Human rights goals hindered by lack of resources

10:40 am on 13 October 2016

Some of the challenges Pacific island countries face in implementing human rights goals have been identified at a regional consultation in Fiji.

The four day dialogue opened on Tuesday to help 11 Pacific island countries, who are a part of the United Nations-led review process of national human rights records.

The consultation in Nadi is designed to prepare them for the third cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) by giving a platform for countries to share their experiences with the UPR process and learn from one another.

It has been organised by the Pacific Community's regional rights resource team.

Its senior human rights advisor Romulo Nayacalevu said Pacific Island countries have challenges with resources, both financial as well as human resources to be able to implement some of the recommendations.

"Other challenges have included political will, national priorities and the different experiences of each government with regards to both economic as well as other commitments that they have," he said.