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Review Of The Public Order Amendment Act Good Move

ANALYSIS : The amendments are mostly to do with terrorism offences and transportation of nuclear material. With the review of the Public Order Amendment Act before Parliament, Fiji has stepped
28 Sep 2016 11:17
Review Of The Public Order Amendment Act Good Move
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ANALYSIS : The amendments are mostly to do with terrorism offences and transportation of nuclear material.

With the review of the Public Order Amendment Act before Parliament, Fiji has stepped up its efforts to mordernise its laws.

Tomorrow Parliament will hear arguments on the amendments on the Public Order Amendment Act.

The amendments are mostly to do with terrorism offences and transportation of nuclear material.

Currently, our laws are silent on issues such as plane hijacking.

With this amendment, it will take into account incidents such as plane hijacking, destruction of ships, kidnapping of foreign protected persons and manufacture of nuclear materials without permission of the Prime Minister.

The Bill amends the Public Order Act 1969 (Cap20) in order to bring Fiji’s legal framework up to date to meet its international obligations.

According to papers discussed by the Parliamentary Committee, the Public Order Act contains a wide range of provisions in relation to the maintenance of Public Order. For example, the permits required for processions or meeting in a public place, also make committing malicious acts or inciting violent acts an offence.

The Principle Act was amended in 2012 and 2014 by decree.

According to information available by Fijian Parliament:

The Bill makes the following main amendments to the Act:

It criminalise a range of offences for example, moving nuclear material without the permission of the Prime Minister, hijacking a ship or detaining people against their will.

 It gives power to authorise certain officers to arrest or detain any person reasonably suspected of committing terrorist offences on board ships or fixed platforms.

 

 It deals with the declaration in the courts of “specified entities” (person or entity) that participate in or facilitate a terrorist act.

A “specified entity” is:  A person who has knowingly committed, attempted to commit or participated in the commission of a terrorist act and a person or entity already listed within the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions.

Edited by Maraia Vula

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