Fiji: The Pacific Human Rights Defenders Network established to protect defenders in the region
Author: Koroi Tadulala, FBC News, Published on: 21 July 2019
"PHRDN to protect and strengthen Human rights defenders in the region", 22 Jul 2019
The Pacific Human Rights Defenders Network today established its committee and appointed a new Chair in Suva. The discussion to establish a regional human rights network started in 2010. The newly established Human Rights Defenders Network committee will look into human rights issues across the Pacific. Pacific Human Rights Defenders Network Chair Roshika Deo highlighted the importance of the established committee. “Especially for women human rights defenders and for the LGBTQI community including people with disability. These are some of the vulnerable and marginalized groups who experience specific risks in terms of doing the work they do. It’s important now that we have this discussion and this is a discussion that’s long overdue.” The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights is working with the University of the South Pacific to establish a human rights defenders course to educate young individuals on its importance...