Fiji to Report on Human Rights Laws: FBC

  • 10/28/14

By FBC News

Fiji’s Human Rights laws will be reviewed during the 20th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review in Geneva.

Fiji is among 14 countries that are scheduled to have their human rights records examined under this mechanism.

The UN’s office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights says reviewing of Fiji’s Human Rights laws is scheduled for Wednesday.

Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has left for Geneva to represent the government at the session.

Sayed-Khaiyum will respond to questions based on the shadow Human Rights report that will be submitted by non-government organisations.

The session will look at several issues including promoting women’s rights, the democratic process and the recent elections, freedom of religion and expression, rights to housing and sanitation, the administration of justice and the role of the Human Rights Commission.

Representatives from Japan, Namibia and Russia will serve as Rapporteurs for the review of Fiji.

Human Rights Watch, which is among those who’ve made submissions, says the review is a test of whether the new Fiji government can seriously address its human rights proble

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