Saturday, December 12, 2009

State to ‘Wipe out Discrimination’ - What a Farce! - December 11, 2009

The Bainimarama government wants to wipe out all forms of racial discrimination from Fiji’s statute books and government policies and regulations, says Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

The government is committed to building a future based on equality and respect for human rights, said Sayed-Khaiyum, in a statement yesterday to mark International Human Rights Day.

He said this commitment would lead to “substantive peace and justice, not just the uneasy peace of a generation brought up to believe in the evils of communalism and of religious fundamentalism and intolerance”.

“Fiji has had an anguished political history based on racial inequality and marginalisation which in turn has led to institutionalised racism. Fiji has seen the absence of common and equal citizenry,” said Sayed-Khaiyum.

He said while Fiji had been a signatory to international human rights instruments, the Bainimarama government had updated criminal laws which had been lagging in the areas of protecting women from violence, the taking of evidence from the vulnerable and the discriminatory law of corroboration in sexual cases.

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