Human rights are at the very heart of Pacific Dialogue – why we started, what our values are and what we do.

Guided by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and influenced by a deep experience and understanding of the Fijian and Pacific islands context, Pacific Dialogue works in three main areas:

  • Human Trafficking
  • Labour and Migration
  • Advocacy and Training

You can read about our human rights projects and initiatives here.

Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery involving the illegal trade of people for exploitation or commercial gain – things like sexual exploitation and forced labour.

The act of human trafficking takes away a person’s human rights.

Every year, millions of men, women, and children are trafficked in countries around the world, and unfortunately Fiji is not immune to this global issue. Human trafficking generates billions of dollars of profit per year, and is second only to drug trafficking as the most profitable form of transnational crime.

Pacific Dialogue delivers human trafficking awareness programs and training to villages, informal communities, Police and border agencies and the legal/judicial sector.

PD Associate and former High Court judge Nazhat Shameem
guides prosecutors at a PD Human Trafficking workshop, Feb 2011

 

Labour and Migration

In Fiji and the Pacific islands, labour and migration have long been entwined as over the decades people have migrated outwards from their homelands, mainly for employment.

Indeed, Pacific Islanders have moved over their ocean for thousands of years and are among the most mobile group anywhere in the world.

Migration for employment brings economic benefits, including the flow of remittances back to the country of origin, but it also brings higher risks of labour and human rights transgressions and abuses.

Pacific Dialogue has worked on projects covering labour mobility and safe migration practices. You can read about them here.

Advocacy and Training

Pacific Dialogue’s mission is to promote dialogue and education on human rights issues. We do this in several ways – hosting public debates and forums, making submissions to Parliament, holding film nights and information sessions, contributing to community events, writing editorial letters and more. 

we also deliver training to organisations, institutions and communities. Contact us to find out more.