THREE new publications on human rights have been launched to assist Pacific Island Countries (PICs) design and deliver action to further its course.
The publications were launched at the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).
The publications include a toolkit Measuring Progress: Using the Universal Periodic Review Process for the Pacific, a report Human Right in the Pacific — Country Outlines 2012, and a handbook Pacific Handbook on Human Rights Treaty Implementation.
UNDP deputy assistant administrator and deputy regional director Asia Pacific Nicholas Rosellini said the signing and ratification of human rights treaties were important first steps that signalled a country's commitment towards human rights.
"The signature and ratification of human rights treaties open up space for engagement with development partners and the UN human rights system should pave the way for enacting legislative change," he said.
The launch also marked International Human Rights Day.
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