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Time To Work Together: AG

Government is asking various organisations to put aside their antagonistic attitude and politicisation of issues and focus on how the individual rights of people can be achieved. Acting Prime Minister
07 Dec 2014 11:31
Time To Work Together: AG
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Government is asking various organisations to put aside their antagonistic attitude and politicisation of issues and focus on how the individual rights of people can be achieved.

Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum’s message at the 16th Attorney-General’s conference, in Natadola, Nadi, was for groups to focus on their mandates.

“In the past eight years, I think, to be frank,  there has been a lot of muddying of waters by individuals, civil society groups, NGOs, journalists, media owners and different groups whether they are law firms or political parties.”

“There has been muddying of waters in the sense that when we have specific issues based on say gender, trade, law, or even sport, these groups then use it as a means of furthering a political agenda or bias at the expense of the mandate or real issue at hand being addressed or resolved.

“What we are trying to say is, given that all those political issues of legitimacy are now resolved and sorted out because we have a Parliamentary Government in place, we would like to have everybody focus on their areas of mandates.”

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said; “the Constitution allows people to have an open mind towards issues. Now was the time for people to come to the table with open minds.

“They have drawn a line in the sand saying you are Government, we are NGOs, or you are heterosexual, we are homosexual.

“Those lines in the sand need to be taken away. As a community or country, if we want to progress, we need to be able to come to the table with an open mind.

“We definitely have a Constitution which allows you to have an open mind. Indeed, the elected Government has an open mind and has progressed to another intellectual level.

“These groups and individuals need to do the same. They still appear to be caught in a time warp. After all, the issue of human rights or rule of law is ultimately about the individual being able to enforce those rights.”

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