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LONDON, Aug 3 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) United Nations investigators said on Thursday they will examine rising levels of violence against women in Samoa for the first time after the South Pacific nation this year embarked on a national inquiry into domestic violence. human rights experts group to Samoa.
She said the group would visit the capital Apia and villages in Upolu and Savai’i to gather information about discrimination against women, including violence and women and girls.
The mission comes after figures showed the number of recorded cases of domestic violence in the nation of about 200,000 people rising to 723 in 2015 from 200 in 2012, prompting a year long national inquiry.
UN officials have previously voiced concern that violence against women in Samoa appeared to be “socially legitimized” and accompanied by a culture of silence and impunity.
“We will be looking at all aspects of women’s life: political and public, economic and social, family and cultural life, and health and safety,” Chandrakirana said in a statement.
“We need to be mindful of not putting survivors of violence in any more danger if they decide to come forward and tell us their stories,” said Samoa’s Ombudsman Maiava Iulai Toma when he announced the national inquiry last year.
Chandrakirana said while in Samoa the UN team would also meet government officials, representatives of state institutions and civil society organisations, and academics.