3 Aug 2017

Samoa to come under UN spotlight

1:39 pm on 3 August 2017

Human rights experts from the United Nations will carry out a fact-finding visit to Samoa next week.

They plan to assess the progress made towards eliminating discrimination against women and the protection and promotion of women's rights in the country.

The delegation plans to visit Apia and villages in Upolu and Savai'i to gather first-hand information.

It will be the first visit by independent experts from the UN Human Rights Council.

During its ten-day visit, the experts would meet with Government officials, representatives of State institutions and civil society organizations, academics, as well as individual women.

Violence against women and girls is among issues to be investigated.

The delegation will be in Samoa from August 8 to 18.