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Village Bylaw Must Be Understood: Tabakaucoro

The revival of the village bylaws is meant for villages and the protection of people living within its demarcated boundaries. This was a point raised by the Soqosoqo Vakamarama representative,
07 Apr 2017 10:01
Village Bylaw Must Be Understood: Tabakaucoro
Fiji Women’s Rights Movement

The revival of the village bylaws is meant for villages and the protection of people living within its demarcated boundaries.

This was a point raised by the Soqosoqo Vakamarama representative, Adi Finau Tabakaucoro, at the Proposed Village Bylaw consultation led by Fiji Women’s Rights Movement in Suva yesterday.

Mrs Tabakaucoro reiterated that people needed to understand what the bylaws meant and that the provisions were the main subjects one must look at. She said there was nothing new within the village bylaws.

As a former Great Council of Chiefs member, she said young girls from her chiefly island in Bau, leave the island in long skirts that are taken off when they left the boundaries of the village and head down town in their jeans.

However, she added that the only thing we need to do now is contextualise the provision to what suits this day and age, in line with civil rights and the constitution to protect people from all walks of life.

“This is not taught, nor do we need consultations on that matter.”

Human Rights Training Officer Alanieta Veilulu calls the village bylaws a vague matter that was bound to open up more discriminating laws once it is legislated.

The village bylaws, which were originally abolished in 1967, are now the subject of many discussions as the iTaukei Ministry looks into reviving them again.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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