Government of the Republic of Fiji
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service
Geneva, 27 October 2014: The Fijian delegation looks forward to Fiji’s second Universal Periodic Review of its Human Rights to be presented and discussed on 29 October at the 20th Session of the Universal Periodic Review Working Group of the Human Rights Council. Period reviews are held every four years.
The delegation is led by the Honourable Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, and will include the Chief Justice His Lordship Mr. Anthony Gates, the Director of Public Prosecution Mr. Christopher Pryde, Chair of the Media Industry Development Authority Mr. Ashwin Raj, Permanent Representative of Fiji to the United Nations in Geneva Ambassador Nazhat Shameem Khan, Legal Officers from the Attorney-General’s Chambers - Robyn-Ann Mani, Seema Chand and Tupoutua’h Baravilala and diplomatic staff of Fiji’s Mission in Geneva.
The delegation demonstrates both Fiji’s commitment to the agenda of the Human Rights Council and its commitment to progressing the human rights framework in Fiji.
Fiji’s Universal Periodic Review will be conducted through an interactive dialogue on 29 October on the basis of the State’s report, the compilation of UN agency input on the human rights situation in Fiji as well as a compilation of submissions made by a number of civil society organisations. Fiji’s UPR report will then be adopted by the Working Group on Friday 31 October 2014.
The Honourable Attorney-General and Minister for Justice stated that the “Fijian delegation looked forward to a positive interaction with the Human Rights Council vis a vis the new Fijian Constitution which has a plethora of civil, political and socio-economic rights and to also work with the international community including civil society organizations to identify ways in which we can continue to implement these rights in a robust and an apolitical manner.”
In answering any questions that Human Rights Council members may have on the implementation of international human rights instruments in Fiji, the delegation also intends to encourage the international community to address emerging human rights challenges, particularly those relating to trans-boundary impacts of climate change, human trafficking and asylum seekers.
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