In this number of our newsletter we’d like to present the Island Rights Initiative, a non-profit think-tank that aims to bring innovative thinking on international human rights policy, law and practice to support small island communities and their governments to find their place in the global human rights landscape of the 21st Century with a focus on fulfilling UN Sustainable Development Goal 16 on peace, justice and strong institutions.
Island Rights Initiative is based on the premise that island communities are not isolated from global phenomena and often find themselves on the frontline of some of the biggest human rights challenges of our time. For small communities with limited diversification, some issues are existential threats for their societies.
Many small islands find themselves at the sharp end of the impact of climate change with rising sea levels and natural disasters posing a serious threat to the human rights of their people. Small islands are often the front line on dangerous migration routes and find themselves trying to manage complex human rights issues related to migrants’ rights with limited resources.
Island Rights Initiative can help small islands to engage internationally on global human rights issues that affect them.
Energy, water and mobility play an important role in island rights. Developing projects to improve the sustainability of islands is the first step to reducing the impact of climate change. In this context, Island Rights Initiative helps to ensure legal and policy frameworks are up to date and human rights compliant; give guidance on good governance and accountability frameworks to protect human rights; provide strategic legal policy guidance on human rights at home and internationally; support the work of island NHRIs and Ombudsmen institutions; support civil society, lawyers and individuals with concerns about human rights and connect communities, groups and administrations with common human rights issues and interests.