11 Nov 2014

Fiji urged to take on UN recommendations

10:12 am on 11 November 2014

Fiji's opposition leader says she hopes the government will take recommendations made at the United Nations Human Rights Council seriously.

Fiji is undergoing a review of its human rights record under the UN's Universal Periodic Review and at a meeting in Geneva late last month it was urged to ratify key human rights treaties and allow in special UN human rights experts like the Rapporteur on Torture.

The opposition leader Ro Teimumu Kepa says she hopes the government will be in a position to accept the recommendations put to it.

"Well if they are gong to be taking the recommendations by the council which has given them until March 2015 for them to look at the recommendations and take on board the thinking of the public, I think they have to take it seriously."

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Ro Teimumu Kepa says she'd like to see the government set up a constitutional review commission.

Fiji is due to respond on which recommendations it will accept or reject by the 28th Session of the Human Rights Council in March next year.

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