30 Jan 2017

Tuvalu launches human rights plan

10:11 am on 30 January 2017

Tuvalu has become one of the first Pacific countries to launch a national plan on human rights.

A Tuvalu woven mat

Photo: RNZI / Jamie Tahana

The national action plan was launched by the prime minister Enele Sopoaga and aims to enshrine human rights in the country's development priorities.

Mr Sopoaga said the plan was the outcome of consultations with government departments, NGOs and communities to identify human rights priorities.

He said it meant that the marginalised, the old and young; men, women and children, and people with disabilities will now be catered for in the country's development projects.

Acting director of the Pacific Community's Human Rights programme Nicol Cave said a streamlined plan allowed Tuvalu to better prioritise its international commitments.

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