Nine island countries make up the Commonwealth Pacific - Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. Australia and New Zealand are also in the Pacific region. Across the region, issues around policing and police reform are key governance priorities, as well as being human rights concerns. Policing in this region faces the challenges of contending with large geographical distances within countries often spread over many islands, heterogeneous societies, violent crime, and sporadic political crises.


The aim of CHRI's programme in the Pacific is to develop an increased demand for and achievement of police accountability and reform.


CHRI's work in the Pacific is primarily research and advocacy based. CHRI plans to work more closely with local organisations in the region in the future to ensure that the current donor-led police reform programmes ensure that communities and local civil society are involved in the creation of their own police organisations.


Click here for a copy of CHRI's report on policing in the Pacific, Strengthening Democratic Policing in the Commonwealth Pacific.

Current events

Click here for a list of advocacy opportunities in the Pacific during 2007.

CHRI made a submission to the New Zealand Police Act Review. Click here for a copy of the submission.

The New Zealand Police Act Review is encouraging suggestions, additions and amendments for a revised police act using a wiki that will be open until November 1 2007. You can read the wiki, and make your own contributions, here.

Media statements and Updates

No media statements are currently available.

Laws and standards

Click here for a list of regional standards that apply in Pacific. National laws are available here.


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