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Children Not Knowing Their Rights Worries Raj

Children Not Knowing Their Rights Worries Raj
Fiji Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission director Ashwin Raj explaining to the participants about human rights during the National Human Rights Commission dialogue at Friendly North Inn in Labasa on July 26. Photo:SHRATIKA SINGH
July 27
11:40 2017

All children need to know about their rights and they have the right to know, says Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission director Ashwin Raj.

During the National Human Rights Commission’s Dialogue session at the Friendly North Inn in Labasa yesterday, Mr Raj said it was a concern to know that many children are not aware about their rights.

“Children have the right to know that they have rights,” Mr Raj said.

“There needs to be a greater discussion about this,” he said.

Mr Raj said he was very happy to see about 60 people from diverse groups in the Northern Division gathered for the dialogue had raised a number of issues and concerns.

Fiji Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission director Ashwin Raj (middle) with participants during the National Human Rights Commission dialogue at Friendly North Inn in Labasa on July 26. Photo:SHRATIKA SINGH

Fiji Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission director Ashwin Raj (middle) with participants during the National Human Rights Commission dialogue at Friendly North Inn in Labasa on July 26. Photo:SHRATIKA SINGH

The dialogue focused on awareness about human rights, access to justice and the role of the Commission.

“We had members from disability communities, children with special needs, faith-based organisations, civil society organisations, youth groups and women movement,” Mr Raj said.

He said they raised fundamental questions regarding their rights in relation to the domestic violence restraining order (DVRO) and how it is used by married people and those in defacto relationships.

“They questioned about village by-laws, right to cultural autonomy, do we balance that with individual rights for instance the rights of women or rights of a child.

“One of the significant things about such consultations is to understand and appreciate what the key human rights concerns of the public are,” he said.

“We want to make sure that the public have a say in what the human rights agenda is and what their key concerns are.

“We need to be with the people in every geographical settings and that is what we are doing,” he said.

The dialogue was supported through the Fiji Access to Justice Project funded by European Union and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pacific office in Fiji.

Today the dialogue session will be at Savusavu Hot Springs Hotel from 9am.

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

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