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iTaukei Affairs Legislations To Change

iTaukei Affairs Legislations To Change
Ministry of the iTaukei Affairs Deputy Permanent Secretary Apakuki Kurusiga
July 04
13:40 2015

Laws in the Ministry of the iTaukei Affairs need to change, says Deputy Permanent Secretary Apakuki Kurusiga.

He said some of the laws were in breach of the Constitution and the United Nation conventions.

Most of them, he said, affected the rights.

He said the iTaukei people were well protected in the Constitution and also their rights.

“We have to make changes to be in line with what is in the Constitution,” he said.

Still on the rights, the Fiji Sun asked if the iTaukei rights in the Constitution would overide their customary rights.

The Constitution, he said, was the supreme law of the country, but for some of the rights to be practised in an iTaukiei village like wearing mini skirts it would be met with stern opposition.

In most of the iTaukei villages, he said they had their own village by-laws that put some restrictions on the rights to be used in the village.

He said their legal team was working on the changes.

Meanwhile on the new village by- laws, he said they would comply with the UN conventions and the Constitution.

The village by-laws would come into effect after the demarcation of the village boundaries.

Mr Kurusiga said the village by-law would to ensure that the villagers respected those living in the village.




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