6 Dec 2016

UN Special Rapporteur to investigate racism in Fiji

11:34 am on 6 December 2016

A UN Special Rapporteur will visit Fiji tomorrow to gather first-hand information on racism, xenophobia and related intolerance in the country.

Mutuma Ruteere said during his mission he will pay special attention to the situation of historically discriminated groups, migrants and other vulnerable groups.

Mutuma Ruteere, the UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance speaks to the press on the margins of the thirty-second session of the Human Rights Council.

Mutuma Ruteere, the UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance speaks to the press on the margins of the thirty-second session of the Human Rights Council. Photo: UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

He said he will also assess the trends and scope of racism in the context of the government policy.

The independent expert, who has been invited by the government, will survey the policies, provisions and measures in place to fight discrimination and promote multiculturalism.

Mr Ruteere will meet with Government representatives, the legislative and judicial branches, the National Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission, the Media Industry Development Authority, and the Speaker and Members of Parliament.

The expert will also meet with NGOs, academia and community leaders, as well as others working in related fields.

The Country mission report will be presented to the UN Human Rights Council in June 2017.

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