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Uproar Over Action On ‘Lesbianism’

Fijian feminist and human rights civil society organisations are up in arms over a decision by a Government boarding school to send a student home, after counseling ten, because of
24 Apr 2015 20:30
Uproar Over Action On ‘Lesbianism’

Fijian feminist and human rights civil society organisations are up in arms over a decision by a Government boarding school to send a student home, after counseling ten, because of alleged lesbianism.

The organisations say the decision is against Chapter 2, 26, 3a of the 2013 Fijian Constitution, which states a person must not be unfairly discriminated against, directly or indirectly, on a number of grounds including “sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression”.

They want a full apology to any affected students of Adi Cakobau School (ACS) and the immediate reinstatement of affected students to full past educational status, including as boarders.

Most importantly, they want the Ministry of Education – as the governing body of all Government educational institutions – to implement its own Child Protection Policy, which was reviewed and approved on January 21 this year.

The policy states that the ministry and all schools must respect their (children’s) rights, wishes, sexual orientation and feelings.

FemLINK Executive Director Sharon Bhagwan-Rolls said regardless of any particular incident feminists and human rights based civil society organisations jointly stood by the Constitution.

“Every person in Fiji has the right of access, membership and admission without discrimination on a prohibited ground, to (among others), educational institutions,” Ms Bhagwan-Rolls said.

She said the incident was an urgent reminder for the immediate appointment of commissioners to the Fiji Human Rights and Anti Discrimination Commission, being well versed in human rights standards and with demonstrated work in advocating, campaigning and upholding these principles.

The organisations are urging the ministry not to sweep the issue under the carpet, but to take actions that are in compliance with constitutional and universal human rights.

Meanwhile, when approached for a comment yesterday, ACS Principal Laisa Soko said she was notified by the Ministry of Education not to comment on the issue to the media.

Mrs Soko told a parents and teachers meeting two weeks ago that she had sent one student home and directed that the boarder now become a day scholar because of the alleged incidents.

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