This book looks at the challenges and contemporary issues raised
by human rights in the island countries of the South West Pacific
which have come under the influence of the common law where the
legal systems are complex and perceptions of rights varies
Drawing on a wide range of resources to present a contemporary
and evolving picture of human rights in the island states of the
South Pacific region, the book considers the human rights aspects
of constitutions, legal institutions and structures, social
organisation, culture and custom, tradition and change. The
materials provide legal, historical, political, social and cultural
insights into the lived experience of human rights in the region
supported by illustrative material from case-law, media reports,
and policy documents. The book also locates the human rights
concerns of Pacific islanders firmly within the wider theoretical
and international domain while at the same time maintaining focus
on the importance of the unique identity of Pacific island nations
Human Rights in the South Pacific will appeal to anyone
interested in the region or in human rights including international
rights advocates, investors and developers, policy-makers,
representatives of government and civic society and those wishing
to acquire a better understanding of what countries emerging from
colonial rule face in developing but still retaining their
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