Number of items on our website relating to the Pacific
Papua New Guinea
Percentage of the Pacific items on our website that are PNG-related
Requests by us for responses to allegations of abuse in the Pacific
Visibility fosters action and, for too long, business and human rights issues in the Pacific have lacked prominence on the global stage.
- Surya Deva, City University of Hong Kong
There is growing momentum on business and human rights across the Pacific. Foreign investment can bring development gains but, if companies investing in the region do not meet internationally-recognised human rights expectations, the risk of human rights harm is high.
This is particularly true in high-risk sectors such as mining, fishing, forestry and, increasingly, tourism. Visibility, and an awareness of the issues, is key for all stakeholders working to advance respect for human rights by businesses operating in the Pacific.
People need to speak up so that powerful people all around the world respect human rights. Nothing will stop us from speaking up, because it is coming from our hearts.
- Cressida Kuala, Porgera, PNG
The Pacific is home to the world’s largest tuna fisheries, providing almost 60% of the world’s tuna catch, worth US$22 billion (out of a US$42 billion globally) in 2016, and demand is increasing. Yet reports of severe human rights abuses are rife, including forced labour, slavery, human trafficking and child labour.
Video: Heartless Mining
A documentary produced by Caritas Fiji about Black Sand Mining at the mouth of the Ba River, Fiji. Listen to the cry of the people of Votua and Nawaqarua who rely on the sea and the river for their livelihoods.Watch
Video: Climate crisis - act now!
“The climate crisis is accelerating, and global heating already affects the rights of millions of people exposed to its adverse effects each year,” UN Human Rights Chief Michelle Bachelet says at the Human Rights and Climate Change Conference...in Fiji. The international community has an obligation to #ActNow and stop the climate crisis.Watch
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