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Raj: Youths Vital in Human Rights Discussions

Raj: Youths Vital  in Human Rights Discussions
Youth participants with Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission director Ashwin Raj at the Tanoa Waterfront in Lautoka on June 3, 2017. Photo: Mithleshni Gurdayal
July 05
14:36 2017


The National Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission held a two-day youth workshop in Lautoka to hear from ordinary Fijians especially youths.

The workshop focuses on awareness on:

  •  Human rights, access to justice,
  •  The role of the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission (HRADC),
  •  Potential initiatives to strengthen engagement and collaboration with non-government organisations (NGOs) and civil society organisations (CSOs),
  •  and youth promotion, protection and fulfillment of human rights.

The workshop workshop at the Tanoa Waterfront Hotel was facilated by the commission, with its director Ashwin Raj and Professor David McQuoid-Mason as speakers.

Mr McQuoid-Mason is an experienced human rights advocate from South Africa.

Mr Raj said: “It is an opportunity for them to identify ways in which they can be part of the human rights agenda and part of the solution if there are fundamental human rights violations.”

He does not think that they should be dictating the human rights agenda on the people.

“It is very important that we hear from the public.”

Professor McQuoid-Mason led the group into looking at different types of rights and the challenges experienced.

“Once those are identified it is then that we look at which mechanisms can be used to solve these challenges,” he said.

“I am happy to be part of this workshop because this is the first time I am part of a such workshop,” youth participant Michael Faga said.

“This workshop is an eye-opener for me, it has given me awareness about my human rights and where I stand in society,” he said.

The workshop ended yesterday.

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola




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