FSM Senator Esmond B. Moses addresses IPU General Assembly on Human Rights

Geneva, Switzerland. October 27, 2016. Senator Esmond B. Moses of the 19th Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) addressed the General Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) on the issue of the role of parliaments in preventing human rights abuse. Senator Moses was part of the Congress delegation to the 135th Assembly of the IPU in Geneva, Switzerland. The delegation was headed by Speaker Wesley W. Simina but due to an emergency Speaker Simina had to depart early, and the delegation was then headed by Senator Alik L. Alik. The delegation was staffed by Legislative Counsel Lam Dang.

In his speech Senator Moses mentioned the way the FSM Congress dealt with challenges to human rights with respect to migration, and how by oversight and timely appropriations the FSM Congress ensured that the FSM government protected the human rights of migrants within its borders.

DSCF0175Senator Moses also briefly depicted the history of the FSM’s dealings with human rights abuse:

“Micronesia is not foreign to Human rights abuse, for numerous periods we have been colonized by foreign forces, endured world wars, and experienced nuclear peace time experimentations from those we call friends. So, with that, I would like to remind us that we are sovereign and independent countries that are inter-dependent, and realize that over dependence on others’ resources be it natural or human will eventually result in conflict and ultimately the violations of human rights”.

135th Assembly of the IPU was dominated by concerns about human rights, including a spirited debate about Syria.

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