Fiji’s human rights record will be reviewed by UN member states for the third time on 06 November 2019 (today) through the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process. Civil society organisations (CSOs) in Fiji are keenly watching the State as it delivers its report on the status of human rights and fundamental freedoms in Fiji.
The UPR is a unique State driven process, which involves a review of the human rights records of all UN Member States, under the auspices of the United Nations Human Rights Council.
UPR provides the opportunity for each State to declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situations in their countries and to fulfill their human rights obligations.
At the same time, the Fiji government also reports on how it has implemented the 113 accepted recommendations from the total of 138 recommendations made at the second UPR in 2014.
The CSO UPR Working Group states that not much has translated into meaningful change on the ground since the last review in 2014.
The past four years has been challenging as Fijians continue to face violations and repression, and these have been documented and shared with the UN member states and other stakeholders as part of the 3rd UPR.