The Pacific Commonwealth Equality Project (PCEP) is a two-year project, funded by the United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office and implemented by the Pacific Community's (SPC) Regional Rights Resource Team. The project will be implemented in Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
Output 1: National Human Rights Institutions
There are currently NHRIs in three PCEP countries - Fiji, Samoa and Tuvalu.
NHRIs are State bodies with a constitutional and/or legislative mandate to protect and promote human rights. However, they operate and function independently from government. While their specific mandate may vary, the general role of NHRIs is to address discrimination in all its forms, as well as to promote the protection of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights.
Output 1 of the project will carry out relevant activities in order to encourage Commonwealth PICs to establish or strengthen Paris-principle compliant NHRIs.
NHRIs can play a key role in facilitating conversations about what human rights means within each national context, acknowledging the different approach required across the Commonwealth PICs.
PCEP recognises that NHRIs are an essential State oversight mechanism to ensure human rights are implemented domestically.
The following activities will be carried out under Output 1:
Output 2: National Implementation of Human Rights
Effective implementation of human rights at a national level requires coordination between government ministries, civil society, NHRIs, the judiciary, private sector and other stakeholders. It also requires comprehensive monitoring and regular reporting of progress.
Output 2 will strengthen national capacity for effective implementation through; the establishment and strengthening of National Implementation and Reporting Committees; the development of National Action Plans; the development and use of technologies to support implementation and monitoring; enhancing the capacity of MPs.
National Implementation and Reporting Committees are mechanisms established by Governments to plan, coordinate, monitor and report on implementation of its human rights obligations (and the SDGs and other development priorities). They are usually inter-ministerial with representation from civil society, NHRIs, the judiciary and the private sector.
National Action Plans detail how human rights obligations (and the SDGs) will be met through a broad range of activities across ministries, civil society and other implementing actors.
MPs play a fundamental role in developing the legal and policy framework within any given country. Empowering Parliamentarians to incorporate human rights standards into the legislative process strengthens the protection framework on which the fulfilment of rights relies.
The Universal Periodic Review is a mechanism of the Human Rights Council where the implementation of human rights of each country is reviewed every 5 years. The recommendations made as a result of the review can be used as the basis for National Action Plans and drive the implementation agenda.
The following activities will be carried out under Output 2:
Output 3: Empowering Actors of Change
Young leaders, civil society and those regularly discriminated against are the focus of Output 3. To see lasting societal change, it is crucial to empower them to engage and take an active role in advocating for increased fulfilment of human rights.
Output 3 of PCEP focuses on increasing awareness among young leaders, young MPs, and other stakeholder groups on their role in implementing human rights within the Pacific context.
This output also aims to enable and empower marginalised groups to have a voice in regional and international human rights fora.
The following activities will be carried out under Output 3:
For more information please contact:
Ashley Bowe, PCEP Programme Manager