The Government of the Republic of Nauru

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Office of the Human Rights

 

One of the key mandates of the Office of the Human Rights (the Office) is to coordinate and assist human rights treaty reporting as well as Universal Periodic Review (UPR) reporting that identify the DJBC as the focal institution. DJBC is responsible for reporting on the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. During this reporting period, the Office:

  1. assisted the Department of Persons Living with Disabilities in completing the final draft for the Initial State Report to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities after being 7 years overdue;
  2. coordinated the 3rd Cycle Universal Periodic Review for the Republic of Nauru by completing and submitting its National Report, engaging in the Review and responding to the 3rd Cycle UPR Recommendations. This will form the basis of the 3rd Cycle UPR Recommendation Implementation Plan also known as UPR RIP. This will be formulated and disseminated to specified departments to include in annual operation plans or as new project proposals;
  3. worked with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to stabilise the function of the Working Group on Treaties (WGT) as the national monitoring, implementation, reporting and follow-up mechanism;
  4. put forward human rights advices in relation to selecting Human Rights Council Resolution for the Role of Good Governance in the Protection of Human Rights; Contributions of Parliaments to the HRC and UPR; the human Rights to Safe Drinking Water and Realizing the Equal Enjoyment of the Right to Education by Every Girl. It is always essential to share the national views of Nauru with the international community to maintain our sovereignty;
  5. contributed to the Report of UN Special Rapporteurs in responding to the Questionnaire on the Accountability of gross violations of human rights and serious violation of international humanitarian law in the context of transitional justice processes. These exercises show Nauru's compliance to processes that it has obligated itself to by being members of the UN or by declaring its support at the UPR;
  6. collaborated with the Office of the Legislative Drafter to formulate the National Human Rights Commission Bill which is now in its final stage of endorsement;  and
  7. assisted the Office of Public Defenders with family cases whereby 1 divorce case was resolved and 5 cases of maintenance, enforcement for maintenance, custody of children, adoption and divorce remain pending with the Family Court.

 

 

Our Team

 

Position Name
Director for Human Rights Vacant
Pledger (Human Rights) Stella Duburiya
Para Legal (Human Rights) Katherine Belong

 

 

Objectives

 

  • Work with key agencies on monitoring, implementing, reporting and following up on human rights efforts in Nauru.

 

 

Motivation

 

Human Rights are constitutional rights.

 

 

Strategic Plan Priority Area 2 & 4: Social & Community / Cost Cutting Sectors

 

Cross-Goal 2

Strengthen Parliament, audit, justice, law, order and border control.

 

Soc-Goal 5

A just society that recognizes and respects the rights of women and children, that promotes equal opportunities.

 

 

Achievements

 

A UPR Recommendation Implementation Plan (UPRRIP) based on the recommendations put forward by the UPR Member States at the 2nd cycle was finalised and endorsed by the Secretary for Justice and Border Control in December 2019.

 

In preparation for Nauru's UPR which was initially scheduled for November 2020, the Office assisted the Permanent Mission of Nauru to Switzerland on the selection of the Troika which was to officially take place on 14 January 2020. Troika is a group of three Council Member States which facilitates the UPR of a particular State.

 

In  May to June 2020, the Office of the Human Rights conducted the Key Stakeholder Consultation for the collation of the 3rd Cycle Universal Periodic Review State Report for the Republic of Nauru. Drafting and finalisation of the Report was completed in September 2020 meeting its submission deadline.

 

In February 2021, the UPR for Nauru was conducted via zoom with the facilitation of the Permanent Mission to Nauru in Geneva, Switzerland and the UPR Secretariat.

 

Recommendations from various states were posed to the Republic to which a response reflecting Nauru's stance on each different recommendation was reverted by March 2021.

This is the first UPR report to be drafted and the first UPR to be facilitated under the tenure of a local head of section for the Office of Human Rights with the assistance of the JBC Secretariat.

 

 

Way Forward


  • The Office of the Human Rights is doing its best to put in place a process that will ease the UPR process and human rights treaty obligations that it is responsible for. Currently, it is drafting the national monitoring, implementation, reporting and follow up manual that will clarify a working system for the collection of data and information on human rights efforts of the Republic of Nauru.
  • The addition of the Director of Human Rights in the new DJBC structure will ensure that there are more hands on deck to achieve the objectives and arrive at favorable outcomes of what needs to be done.