Launch of the Institute of Human Rights Research.
SUVA, April 18 2019: University of Fiji, the Pacific Islands Development Forum and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights launched the Institute of Human Rights Research. The institute will help in advancing studies on human rights in the Pacific region and in advocating for the ultimate need to rigorously protect them.
The Institute was formally established by the signing of an MOU between the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, The University of Fiji, and the Pacific Islands Development Forum.
The Institute is the first of its kind in the Pacific which aims at enhancing existing knowledge and data on selected human rights issues, and will fill an important gap by enabling postgraduate students to conduct Pacific-focused research on how best to design tailored advocacy tools ensuring the integration of international human rights principles into national policies.
On the occasion of the signing of this landmark Memorandum of Understanding establishing the Institute of Human Rights as a regional hub for the promotion of education, strengthened inter-disciplinary research on various human rights topics, and dialogue we manifest a promise – a commitment to both honour and advance Nelson Mandela’s legacy …to talk to… to engage … to debate … to listen to… and to learn from each other in order that all Pacific Island people may live in larger freedom and in dignity and in respect of their rights.
Documents to read:
Welcome speech of the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Development Forum, Mr. Francois Martel
Keynote speech by the Hon. Speaker of the Parliament of Fiji, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau
Speech of the Regional Representative of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Regional Office for the Pacific, Dr Chitralekha Massey
Speech by the Dean of the School of Law of the University of Fiji, Prof. Shaista Shameem
Speech by the Charges d’Affaires of the South African High Commission for Fiji, Mr Bingo S. Thamaga on the occasion of Nelson Mandela Day.