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Activists march through capital city to promote human rights

Human rights defenders marched through the capi­tal city yesterday as activ­ism for some individual rights con­tinues. Human Rights Day is celebrated each year on December 10 since the Universal Declaration
10 Dec 2017 11:07
Activists march through capital city to promote human rights
Members of the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement stand in solidarity behind one of the banners displayed at the annual Humans Rights march in Suva on December 9, 2017. Photo: Sheldon Chanel

Human rights defenders marched through the capi­tal city yesterday as activ­ism for some individual rights con­tinues.

Human Rights Day is celebrated each year on December 10 since the Universal Declaration of Hu­man Rights was introduced by the United Nations in 1948.

The Non-Governmental Organisa­tion Coalition on Human Rights led the march from Tappoo City com­plex in Suva to Ratu Sukuna Park.

Participants, including members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community along with women’s rights groups chanted slogans and held banners during the march.

“I really believe human rights are absolutely essential for us to have,” said Noelene Nabulivou of the Di­verse Voices and Action for Equal­ity, a lesbian activists group cam­paigning for equal rights.

“I think you can say (in Fiji) we have made some steps forward and some backwards. For instance, in terms of LGBT rights we can a see a lot of visibility and has that stopped the violence at community level? No it hasn’t.”

Spokesperson for the Drodrolagi Movement, an LGBT activist group, Kris Prasad said human rights em­power individuals.

He said: “I think human rights is under threat globally and in Fiji it’s important that people know what their rights are and are willing to stand up for them.”

The march was delayed by 15 min­utes as a result of a fire at Robert­son Road. More than 50 people gath­ered to support the coalition.

Other prominent NGOs and Civil Society Organisations joined the march, espousing the value that all humans are born free and equal.

Australian citizen, Mai Nguyen, a volunteer at the Citizen’s Constitu­tion Forum said: “I think it’s great that people came out to march for hu­man rights on a Saturday morning.”

“And it’s great that it’s a broad term: there are children’ rights, dis­ability, LGBT and workers’ rights so I think this is a great platform for us.”

The UN declaration notes the existence of certain inalienable rights which it said everyone was inherently entitled to.

It is made of 30 articles breaking down individual rights. Although the document is not legally bind­ing, many countries have enacted its principles into national consti­tutions and law.

Edited By Percy Kean

Feedback: sheldon.chanel@fijisun.com.fj

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