Human rights in the South Pacific: A comparative analysis

Scott Walker

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To date, no research has attempted to evaluate human rights in the Pacific region in comparative perspective. Employing commonly used cross-national measures of basic human rights, the author examines how well regimes in the region respect political and civil rights as well as the right to physical integrity. The results reveal that, as regards political and civil rights, the region appears to resemble parts of the developing world more than the developed world. In contrast, the region performs relatively well with regard to available measures of personal integrity rights. Moreover, the results reveal that levels of respect for certain key individual human rights in different states across the region are far from uniform. The author subsequently poses questions for future research based on these findings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-61
Number of pages23
JournalPolitical Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Pacific Island Countries
  • democracy
  • human rights

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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