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Secular state ‘could lead to instability’

By FONUA TALEI The Commission heard that it together with the Government should “come up with a better terminology than ‘secular state’ for the new constitution.” Presenting the submission on
15 Oct 2012 08:34

By FONUA TALEI

The Commission heard that it together with the Government should “come up with a better terminology than ‘secular state’ for the new constitution.”
Presenting the submission on behalf of Aspire Network Fiji, coordinator Kaajal Kumar said there was a general fear amongst young people that a secular state would lead to instability and the practice of witchcraft.
The group submitted that the new constitution should respect every moral religion, their worship places, and religious beliefs.
On the issue of elimination of discrimination, the Commission heard that all political parties should ensure that equal opportunities are given to women to stand for election.
The group proposed that human rights be acknowledged, implemented, and included in the school’s curriculum.
The group wants everyone born in Fiji to be called Fijians regardless of ethnicity, while foreign investors seeking Fijian citizenship are given a maximum of 10 years to adapt to our culture and values before citizenship is granted.
“The new constitution should recognise that Fiji is the ancestral land of iTaukei. The new constitution should not create any insecurity amongst iTaukei that their ancestral land and resources will be taken away by another race calling Fiji home also,” Ms Kumar said.
“Twenty per cent of profit received from any sale of resources found on iTaukei land or fishing area should go into an iTaukei community trust fund that will be managed by the community with the aid of experts from the government.”
She further submitted that the 20 per cent profit should then be used for sustainable developments, education of iTaukei children and infrastructure developments for that particular iTaukei community.
The commission heard submissions from various organisations at the Great Council of Chiefs complex.




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