Review of Tuvalu under the UPR
Thursday, 11 December 2008 09:54


On the afternoon of 11 December the WorkingGroup of the universal periodic review (UPR) examined the situation of humanrights in Tuvalu. Headed by Mr.Enele Spoaga, Permanent Secretary forForeign Affairs and Labour, the Tuvaluan delegation received comments,recommendations and questions on the following issues:


  • Gender discrimination: The absence of anti-discrimination provisions on the basis of gender in the Tuvaluan Constitution was frequently raised, and it was recommended that measures be taken to incorporate international standards regarding women's rights into national legislation, especially to counter certain customary practices.
  • Impact of climate change: Due to its specific geographical situation, many States and the Tuvaluan Government itself expressed concern about the implication of climate change on basic human rights such as right to food, water, shelter and life.
  • Ratification of human rights treaties: As party to only CEDAW and CRC, Tuvalu was urged by many States to sign and ratify international human rights treaties including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
  • The need for a human rights institution was recommended by many States. The delegation was receptive to the idea, although it noted that a regional instrument may be more effective, and that this was already under consideration.  
  • Limited capacity: Many States recognized the difficulties faced by Tuvalu as a small island State and its physical limitation in meeting international obligations. Tuvalu openly asked the international community for technical expertise and assistance in various areas, and a number of States expressed their intention to offer assistance.


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