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A-G Highlights ‘Justiciable’ Social Economic Rights

The new Fijian Constitution includes rights which are justiciable (capable of being decided by legal principles or by a court of justice), says Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. He said this at
28 Jul 2015 11:10
A-G Highlights ‘Justiciable’ Social Economic Rights

The new Fijian Constitution includes rights which are justiciable (capable of being decided by legal principles or by a court of justice), says Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

He said this at the fifth Pacific Islands Regional Conference for Women in Corrections opening at Holiday Inn in Suva yesterday where he was the chief guest.

“The Fijian Constitution in fact brings about a number of rights that have never been included in our Constitution previously,” he said.

“It also sets out in detail social economic rights and these rights are actually justiciable, in other words you can actually have those rights enforced against the State.

“They include the right to economic participation, transportation, people have the freedom to be free from hunger, have access to housing and have access to environmental rights.

“A number of rights have been highlighted and these are all justiciable so these actually fit in well with civil political rights. In fact many countries make the mistake that they simply deal with civil political rights that they forget about social economic rights.

“And this is what we are trying to do in Fiji and this why you see the Commissioner (of Corrections Lieutenant-Colonel Ifereimi Vasu) with his team for example creating jobs within the prison system so when they go out they actually have a source of living.”

 

Hopes to stop recidivism

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the Fijian Government wants the rate of recidivism (former criminals relapsing back into criminal behaviour) in Fiji to decrease substantially.

“The whole idea is that we are able to bring about a touch of dignity, some humanity and also be able to provide rehabilitation. As we know, for those of you who are experienced in the prison system, some people are quite easily reformed and others may not be.

“We cannot say that just because some people cannot be reformed or rehabilitated, therefore no one else can be,” he said.

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