Human Rights Defenders

Diplomacy Training Program

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Tevita Naikasowalu

Role: Fiji Coordinator of the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creations (JPIC) at the Columban Mission
Active in Country: Fiji
DTP Alumnus: 2019 Business, Human Rights & the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Pacific - Fiji

Tevita Naikasowalu is a Fijian Human, Ecological and Indigenous Rights Defender (HEIR Defender).

He is now the Fiji Coordinator of the Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creations (JPIC) at the Columban Mission. Tevita is also a member of the working group of the Indigenous people at the Pacific Human Rights Defenders Network (PHRDN).

With an aim to protect and strengthen human rights defenders in the region, PHDRN was established in July 2019.

Tevita said that DTP training on business and human rights in Fiji in 2019, where he participated, played a significant role in establishing the PHDRN.

“In that training, DTP presented research-based findings of how people and rights defenders in other countries are facing many challenges similar to us here in Fiji. That has broadened our horizons. We realized that we are part of a global struggle for human rights, and networking is important for the rights defenders,” Tevita said, “that realization played an important role in forming the PHDRN in 2019 though we were in talks about forming a regional network since 2010.” ... Read more

  Our Responsibility to Protect one Another

Mar 16, 2022
We achieved another milestone on Friday 11/03/22. We hosted the first high level meeting of the Pacific Human Rights Defender Network working group which consists of the United Nation Human Rights ...
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  Human Rights Defenders Workshop

Mar 10, 2022
USP – 8- 9 March, 2022. “Know your Rights because it comes with Responsibilities” ...
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