6 June, 2017. Samoa – The 2015 Samoa State of Human Rights Report neglected to include Fa’afafine and Fa’afatama as a ‘vulnerable’ population in need of better safeguards for equality and respect. This omission will no doubt be rectified in the next Human Rights report as a result of a seminar being held this week in Apia, hosted by the Samoa Office of the Ombudsman.
The week-long Seminar is on Promoting and Protecting Human Rights in Relation to Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Sex Characteristics (SOGISC)” in the Pacific. It is facilitated by the Asia Forum of National Human Rights Institutions and funded by the UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub. Participants from around the region, including human rights activists as well as representatives of National Human Rights Institutions from various countries are attending the seminar as part of an ongoing blended learning course on SOGISC.
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