‘High rates of violence’

UNITED Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein says domestic violence is shockingly high in the Pacific.

Mr Al Hussein said it appeared that despite legislations, many people seemed to look on a man hitting his wife or child as acceptable, or even routine.

“Over two-thirds of women in Papua New Guinea, Fiji and Kiribati have suffered domestic violence and sexual offenses,” Mr Hussein said.

“This is according to some regional studies, it also revealed that four out of 10 in Samoa, and one in four in Palau also go through the same.

“Furthermore, global studies have repeatedly indicated that areas with high incidence of domestic violence also suffer heavy rates of violence against children.”

Mr Al Hussein said he was concerned that there was no accurate region-wide data, but it appeared that violence against children, as well as corporal punishment, could also be very high.

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