8 May 2018

Leadership & cultural nous help human rights bodies thrive

From , 5:03 am on 8 May 2018

Strong leadership is seen as one of the essential ingredients for national human rights bodies to thrive in the region.

It's one of the tips to come out of a recent brainstorming session on the challenges and opportunities for institutions such as ombudsman offices and human rights commissions.

The Pacific Community says the region's seen a doubling of what are known as NHRIs in the past year.

Some are still in the pipeline, but a senior human rights adviser with the agency, Jayshree Mangubhai, told Sally Round they can learn from each other on how to deal with the challenges.

Samoa's first Periodic Human Rights Review report highlights abuse suffered at the hands of a woman's husband or her mother in law.  Aug 2015

Samoa's first Periodic Human Rights Review report Photo: RNZ / Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia