The Role of International Non-Governmental Organisations in the Universal Periodic Review of Pacific Island States: Can 'Doing Good' be Done Better? (2015)
This article explores the benefits and challenges of involvement by international NGOs in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of twelve Pacific Island states before the UN Human Rights Council. An interesting feature of NGO involvement in the UPR for Pacific states is that, in most cases, the number of submissions from international NGOs exceeds the number of submissions from national Pacific NGOs. International NGOs therefore have a significant input into the UPR for Pacific states. This article queries whether the dominance of international NGOs has a distorting effect, such that Pacific perspectives on current human rights challenges are not being heard in Geneva. The article considers what steps might be taken so that international NGOs ‘do good better’ in order to contribute to the ultimate goal of the UPR – improving the human rights situation on the ground in the Pacific.
CitationBaird N (2015). The Role of International Non-Governmental Organisations in the Universal Periodic Review of Pacific Island States: Can 'Doing Good' be Done Better?. Melbourne Journal of International Law. 16(2). 549-585.
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ANZSRC Fields of Research48 - Law and legal studies::4803 - International and comparative law::480307 - International humanitarian and human rights law
45 - Indigenous studies::4518 - Pacific Peoples society and community
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