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Convention To Allow Disabled Children Property Ownership

    The Fiji Disabled Peoples Federation believes that Fiji’s full accession to the Hague 1996 Convention will benefit children living with disabilities on their rights to attaining property. Federation
16 Jun 2016 10:43
Convention To Allow Disabled Children Property Ownership

 

 

The Fiji Disabled Peoples Federation believes that Fiji’s full accession to the Hague 1996 Convention will benefit children living with disabilities on their rights to attaining property.

Federation project officer Jese Mawenivesi said the convention clarified “on the protection of ownership of property often it has been common perception that child with disabilities does not have the capacity to administer her or his own affairs especially in the areas pertaining to property and assets”.

“This 1996 convention will recognize and protect their right to self reliance and long term security relating to property,” Mr Mawenivesi said.

Mr Mawenivesi was addressing the Parliament Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence in Parliament yesterday.

He said the 1980 and 1993 conventions had been incorporated providing a basis into Fiji’s family law.

“Ascending to the 1996 Convention will further reiterate the importance on the Rights of the Child,” he said.

“It will also provide regional and international recognition of Fiji’s commitment in the protection of the child.”

He said they believed that children with disability would benefit from the legislative reviews that are going to be undertaken relating to the accession of the convention.

Federation Project Officer, Savaira Tinai said on the accession of the 1996 convention there needed to be continued consultation to make sure the strengthening of current legislation and regulations to the protection of the child.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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