Human Rights Protection Party

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Human Rights Protection Party
Leader Tuila'epa Sailele Malielegaoi
Founded May 1979
Political position Centre-right[citation needed]
Colours Blue
Legislative Assembly
44 / 49

The Human Rights Protection Party (HRPP, Samoan: o le Vaega Faaupufai e Puipuia Aia Tatau a Tagata) is a Samoan political party. It has dominated Samoan party politics since 1982.

Va'ai Kolone and Tofilau Eti Alesana co-founded the party in May 1979 in opposition to the government of Tupuola Efi.[1] It has governed the country since first winning power in 1982, except for a brief period in 1986 and 1987 when internal differences forced it into coalition.

The two founders of the early party, Kolone and Alesana, both became Prime Ministers of Samoa.

Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sailele Malielegaoi has led the party since 1998.

In the legislative elections of 4 March 2001, the party won 45.1% of popular votes and 23 out of 49 seats. During the elections on 2 April 2006, it won 35 of the 49 seats.

In the 2011 election held on March 4, the party won 36 out of 49 seats, thus retaining the majority.[2] According to the U.S. State Department in their 2010 human rights report published on April 8, 2011, the Human Rights Protection Party remains the only officially recognized party in the Legislative Assembly of Samoa[3] (the Fono).

The Human Rights Protection Party retained power by winning the 2016 general election.


  1. ^ Asofou So'o (2005). "The establishment and operation of Samoa's political party system". In Roland Rich, Luke Hambly and Michael G. Morgan. Political Parties in the Pacific Islands. Canberra: Pandanus Books. p. 189. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-03-09. Retrieved 2011-03-06. 
  3. ^ 2010 Human Rights Report: Samoa, U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, April 8, 2011