Kiribati

The rule of law at risk in Kiribati as judges suspended

In recent months, the Kiribati government has launched an attack on the judiciary by attempting to deport a High Court judge, as well as suspending the Chief Justice and the country’s three remaining Court of Appeal judges. Read more

The rule of law at risk in Kiribati as judges suspended

Restriction on social gatherings and movement due to pandemic lockdown in Kiribati

On 22nd January 2022, Kiribati implemented a COVID-19 lockdown after international arrivals brought the virus with them. No public transport was in operation; social gatherings were banned; and all bars and nightclubs closed. The curfew period has been reduced over time.
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Restriction on social gatherings and movement due to pandemic lockdown in Kiribati

Questions raised around death of fisheries observer; concerns about media independence in Kiribati

Two new reports raises questions about media independence in Kiribati and the failure to decriminalise defamation as well around the untimely death at sea of Kiribati Fisheries Observer Eritara Aati Kaierua. Read more

Questions raised around death of fisheries observer; concerns about media independence in Kiribati

UN rights chief calls on Kiribati to establish a national human rights institution

In December 2020, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, submitted a letter to the Kiribati authorities following their human rights review at the UN Human Rights Council. In the letter, among other issues, she encouraged Kiribati to pursue its efforts to establish a National Human Rights Commission in compliance with the Paris Principles. Read more

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UN rights chief calls on Kiribati to establish a national human rights institution

Still no accountability for death of Kiribati fisheries observer

Human rights activists are calling for the United Nations to intervene in investigations into the death of a Kiribati fisheries observer. Eritara Aati Kaierua died on board a Taiwanese fishing boat in March 2020. Read more

Still no accountability for death of Kiribati fisheries observer

UN says women’s rights NGOs lack resources in Kiribati while LGBTI+ groups at risk during lockdown

In March 2020, Kiribati’s women’s rights record was reviewed by the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women. The Committee was concerned about their limited access to resources, which affects their capacity to independently promote, monitor, evaluate and advocate for the advancement of women’s rights. In Kiribati, LGBTI+ people are at risk if they have had to stay in lockdown during the pandemic with relatives who discriminate against and stigmatise them, a further burden on and threat to their mental and physical health. Read more

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UN says women’s rights NGOs lack resources in Kiribati while LGBTI+ groups at risk during lockdown

Foreign media facing restrictions to access Kiribati

A five-member film crew from 60 Minutes Australia was detained in Kiribati in October 2019 . In January 2020, in a ground-breaking asylum case, a UN human rights body ruled that governments must take into account the human rights violations caused by the climate crisis when considering deportation of asylum seekers. Boutokaan Inaomataia ao Mauriia Binabinaine Association (BIMBA), a civil society organisation (CSO made a submission to the UN d on the challenges and constraints faced by members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in Kiribati. Read more

Foreign media facing restrictions to access Kiribati

Kiribati opposition organises anti-China protest march

In September 2019, the opposition in Kiribati organised an anti-China protest march in the capital Tarawa. The protest was in response to the decision by the Kiribati government to cut ties with Taiwan and switch its recognition to Beijing Read more

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Kiribati opposition organises anti-China protest march