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AUDIO: Kiribati human rights linked with climate change survival


Friday, January 23, 2015

Item: 9109

WELLINGTON (Radio New Zealand International/Pacific Media Watch): Kiribati has been praised at the United Nations Human Rights Council for its progress in recent years - especially over climate change - but concerns remain about improvements in areas such as domestic violence, reports RNZI Dateline.

The country's human rights record was up for scrutiny by the Council in Geneva this week and Dateline reported much of the discussion focused on the "right to survive" and the right to call the islands home.

A high-level delegation, headed by Minister for Women, Youth and Social Affairs Tangariki Reete, presented the country's record on domestic violence, persons with disabilities and education.

But she says the climate change continues to be one of the country's biggest threats to upholding human rights.

Dateline interviewed Satya Jennings, head of the Pacific Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

In the latest edition of The Contemporary Pacific at the University of Hawai'i (vol27[1], the Pacific Media Centre's doctoral researcher Taberannang Korauaba, editor of the Kiribati Independent, has compiled a review of the Kiribati human rights record and climate change.

Radio Australia reports

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