The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat says Tonga has made a lot of progress when it comes to human rights.
The country has just hosted its first humans rights consultation, which organisers say aims to help the government monitor and advocate for human rights.
The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat human rights adviser, Filipo Masaurua, says the kingdom of Tonga wants to ensure people's rights are recognised.
"There has been a huge traction in terms of human rights in Tonga, the fact that people are actually talking about it, the fact that people are now bold about asking government and civil society organisations, you know, 'what about this particular group of people whose rights need to be protected?', the fact that government is actually hosting this consultation speaks a lot in itself."
Filipo Masaurua says the European Union funded the human rights consultations in Tonga.