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Special Rapporteur To Visit Fiji Next Year

Special Rapporteur To Visit Fiji Next Year
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and NZ Prime Minister John Key.
October 02
10:35 2015

The United Nations special rapporteur on the Right to Education will visit Fiji next year.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama made this announcement in New York while delivering his statement at the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly on Wednesday.

He said this group would assess and support his Government’s efforts and initiatives to strengthen the right to education.

Mr Bainimarama said since Fiji established its Mission in Geneva last year his Government had worked energetically with the human rights community.

Earlier this year, he addressed the Human Rights Council in Geneva, outlining Fiji’s human rights priorities, particularly as they related to its progressive Bill of Rights in the 2013 Fijian Constitution.

“Fijians now enjoy an unprecedented level of protection, enforced through an independent judiciary and a Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission.”

Fiji, he said, had also committed to ratifying the core human rights instruments in the not so distant future. “This is a solemn commitment that flows naturally from our basic belief that all Fijians have the right to live with dignity. We understand that this will carry additional obligations toward our own people, obligations we are eager to take on.”

He said it was clear that Fiji had fashioned its democracy on dedication to the rights and dignity of each person and Government had brought that dedication to its work in the United Nations.

Mr Bainimarama accepted an invite from his New Zealand counterpart John Key to visit Zealand.

“Let me also acknowledge, with sincere appreciation, your kind invitation for me to visit New Zealand.

“Thank you for this generous offer, which I am pleased to accept,” he said.

He has also invited Prime Minister Key to visit Fiji.



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