Human Rights Council – Universal Periodic Review
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Date: Monday 3 May (afternoon)
Country under review: KIRIBATI
Concerned country - national report
- Represented by a 7-member delegation and headed by the Minister for Internal and Social Affairs, Honourable Kouraiti Beniato
- National report presented by Honourable Kouraiti Beniato
- Country highly dependent, technically and financially, on the assistance of the international community to fully achieve its human rights objectives and pledges.
- 68% of women experiencing physical or sexual violence.
- Commitment to address violence against women (awareness programmes, capacity building and specific unit within the police, legislative review, assistance to victims, etc.).
- Review of the legislation on child protection and juvenile justice underway, with the help of the UNICEF.
- Education compulsory by law up to secondary school levels.
- Education Sector Strategic Plan to address the decline in the standard of quality education. Review of the curriculum and upgrading of Kiribati Teachers Colleges completed.
- Adverse impact of climate change. Public awareness programmes. Pilot projects on water and coastal protection. Offshore relocation envisaged.
Number of States taking part in the discussion
- Member States: 16
- Observer States: 12
- National Action Plan to eliminate gender-based violence.
- National Advisory Committee on Children.
- National Policy on Disability.
- Free education and subsidies for education costs, including transportation costs.
- Abolition of the death penalty.
- HIV/AIDS National Strategic Plan.
Issues and questions raised
- Violence against women.
- Sexual abuse, prostitution and corporal punishment of children.
- Discrimination based on sex, gender and disability.
- Limitations to the freedom of expression on the grounds of public morale or national culture.
- Access to safe drinking water and poor sanitation.
- Criminalization of homosexuality.
- Take further steps to combat violence against women and children.
- Investigate and prosecute all cases of rape and domestic assault.
- Prohibit sexual harassment by law.
- Take measures to combat sale and trafficking of children, child pornography and children prostitution.
- Amend Constitution and legislation to expand the prohibition of discrimination on the basis of sex, gender, disability and economic status.
- Promote and support the participation of women in decision-making.
- Reinforce the combat against HIV / AIDS and cooperate with the World Health organization and other international organizations in that field.
- Ratify core human rights treaties such as the Convention against Torture, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Rome Statute.
- Issue standing invitation to Special Procedures.
Response of the concerned country
- Discrimination and violence against women – Specific legislation and programmes underway. Amendment of the Constitution requires 2/3 majority of the voting population and Parliament.
- Ratification of core human rights treaties – Requires a detailed analysis on the costs and benefits, as well as support from the international community.
- Rights of the child – Ongoing legislative reform. Financial and technical assistance is required.
- Climate change – Serious concern, with potential human rights and development implications for Kiribati.
- Decriminalization of homosexuality– Sensitive issue. Because of the cultural barrier, it is difficult to legislate on this field.
Adoption of the report by the UPR working group scheduled on
Wednesday 5 May, 17:30 – 18:00