Torture by Authorities in [Kiribati] [other countries]
Human Trafficking in [Kiribati] [other countries]
 

Torture by Police, Forced Disappearance

& Other Ill Treatment

In the early years of the 21st Century 2000 to 2025 gvnet.com/torture/Kiribati.htm

Republic of Kiribati

A remote country of 33 scattered coral atolls, Kiribati has few natural resources and is one of the least developed Pacific Islands. Commercially viable phosphate deposits were exhausted at the time of independence from the UK in 1979. Copra and fish now represent the bulk of production and exports. The economy has fluctuated widely in recent years. Economic development is constrained by a shortage of skilled workers, weak infrastructure, and remoteness from international markets. Tourism provides more than one-fifth of GDP. [The World Factbook, U.S.C.I.A. 2009]

Description: Description: Kiribati

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2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

U.S. Dept of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, 20 April 2018

www.state.gov/reports/2017-country-reports-on-human-rights-practices/kiribati/

[accessed 8 March 2020]

C. TORTURE AND OTHER CRUEL, INHUMAN, OR DEGRADING TREATMENT OR PUNISHMENT

The constitution prohibits such practices, and there were no reports that government officials employed them. Traditional village practice permits corporal punishment for criminal acts and other transgressions.

PRISON AND DETENTION CENTER CONDITIONS -- There were no significant reports of prison or detention center conditions that raised human rights concerns.

Freedom House Country Report

2018 Edition

freedomhouse.org/country/kiribati/freedom-world/2018

[accessed 13 May 2020]

DOES DUE PROCESS PREVAIL IN CIVIL AND CRIMINAL MATTERS? -- Due process guarantees are typically respected during arrests, initial detentions, and trials. Detainees have access to a lawyer, and defendants are usually granted bail while awaiting trial.

IS THERE PROTECTION FROM THE ILLEGITIMATE USE OF PHYSICAL FORCE AND FREEDOM FROM WAR AND INSURGENCIES? -- There were no reports of police brutality in 2017, and procedures for punishing such abuse are effective. Prison conditions are not considered harsh or inhumane. Kiribati has no army, relying on Australia and New Zealand to provide defense assistance under bilateral agreements. The use of traditional communal justice systems, which can include corporal punishment, is increasingly rare.

*** EARLIER EDITIONS OF SOME OF THE ABOVE ***

Human Rights Reports 2006 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

U.S. Dept of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, March 6, 2007

www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/hrrpt/2006/78776.htm

[accessed 3 February 2013]

2009-2017.state.gov/j/drl/rls/hrrpt/2005/61611.htm

[accessed 4 July 2019]

TORTURE AND OTHER CRUEL, INHUMAN, OR DEGRADING TREATMENT OR PUNISHMENT The constitution prohibits such practices, and there were no reports that government officials employed them. Traditional village practice permits corporal punishment for criminal acts and other transgressions. On some outer islands, village associations occasionally ordered strokes with palm fronds to be administered for public drunkenness and other minor offenses, such as petty theft. Communal justice in the form of beatings and banishment sometimes occurred.

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Torture by Authorities in [Kiribati] [other countries]
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