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The Republic of Marshall Islands' accession to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT) is a welcome and important step.
With this accession, the Republic of Marshall Islands recognises, in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the ideal of free human beings enjoying civil and political freedom and freedom from fear. This can only be achieved if conditions are created whereby everyone may enjoy his civil and political rights, as well as his economic, social and cultural rights. The accession also implies that no one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
Already party to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) , the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) , the Republic of Marshall now tops the list among the Pacific Island countries in terms of participation in core international human rights treaties.
The European Union will continue to support a strong UN system for the protection of human rights around the world and work closely with partners globally to ensure the universal respect for human rights.