Human Rights Council – Universal Periodic Review
For use of information media; not an official record
Date: Monday 24 January 2011 (Morning)
Country under review: NAURU
Documents: National Report A/HRC/WG.6/10/NRU/1 and Corr.1, Compilation of UN information A/HRC/WG.6/10/NRU/2, Summary of Stakeholders’ information A/HRC/WG.6/10/NRU/3
Troika: HUNGARY, MALAYSIA, SWITZERLAND
Concerned country - national report
- Represented by a 4-member delegation and headed by Mathew Batsiua, Minister for Health, Justice and Sports
- National report presented by the head of delegation
- February 2010 referendum rejected the proposed amendments to the Constitution of Nauru. Failure reviewed by the Constitutional Review Committee.
- Lifting of the state of emergency on 1 November 2010.
- Current revision of the Criminal Code -with the assistance of Australian Government.
- National Sustainable Development Strategy (NSDS) reviewed and revised in 2009 to achieve transparency and accountability of public service.
- Compulsory and free education.
- Financial assistance to senior citizens and persons with disabilities provided.
- Ratification of human rights treaties entails human and financial resources not available to Nauru
- Negative impacts of climate change on Nauru and overall negative impact of environmental pollution on the people of Nauru
Number of States taking part in the discussion
- Member States: 16
- Observer States: 14
- Efforts to help vulnerable groups
- Promotion and protection of the rights of women
- Right to education ensured and quality of education provided
- Improvement of the human rights situation in the country.
- Adoption of Law on Protection of Environment.
- Efforts to eliminate Domestic Violence and ensure increased political participation of women
- Establishment of ‘Safe House’ for the victims of domestic violence and establishment of National Action Plan on Women
- Nauru’s participation in various regional mechanisms and cooperation with international mechanisms
Issues and questions raised
- Exploitation of natural resources
- Detailed information regarding legislative projects and workshops relating to awareness raising
- Assistance to be provided by international community and OHCHR
- The way in which the government guarantees the rights enshrined in Universal Declaration of HR
- Consider the ratification and implementation of Convention on elimination of discrimination against women, CEDAW
- Ratify ICCPR, CAT and the optional protocol on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography;
- Abolish capital punishment
- Consider positive response to Working group on arbitrary detention
- Increase cooperation with relevant UN bodies and regional/international organizations with a view to decreasing the harmful effects of climate change
- Review related laws to provide for a better protection and promotion of women’s rights
- Ensure the rights of Asylum seekers and refugees
- NSDS to should consider the role of women in national development, including their participation in the political process
- Develop a human rights-based strategy on the fight against the effects of climate change
Response of the concerned country
- Policies on domestic violence implemented and involving various departments, inter alia, police, health, women’s rights institutions.
- Domestic violence should be addressed under separate chapter in the new criminal code.
- Aware of the importance of adopting a human rights-based environmental programme.
- Lack of resource to comply with all reporting obligations emanating from ratification of instruments.
- Giving a prior sit for women in public services and addressing this lack in Public services.
- Lack of women representation political representation is being addressed and priority of the authorities
- Efforts are being made to ensure the access to rights and services of rights of persons with disability.
- Engaging more and more with the civil society
- Same sex activities would remain illegal
Adoption of the report by the UPR working group scheduled on
Wednesday 26 January, 12:00 – 12:30