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 iTaukei Appeal Workshop To Address Challenges Within Tribunal

Approximately 91 per cent of all land in Fiji is owned through customary ownership by the indig­enous people and cannot be perma­nently alienated under any circum­stances.
08 Mar 2019 11:57
 iTaukei Appeal Workshop To Address Challenges Within Tribunal
Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of iTaukei Affairs and Ministry and Ministry of Rural and Maritime Meleti Bainimarama.

The iTaukei Appeal Tribunal workshop is to address chal­lenges and gaps within the tribunal.

After the successful adjudication, a performance analysis was car­ried out and it was recommended that a capacity building workshop should be carried out for the Tribu­nal members that was held in Suva yesterday.

The two-day workshop will focus on the relevant iTaukei laws; the legal jurisdictions of the Tribunal; the Tribunal legal procedures and the draft iTaukei Appeals Tribu­nal Regulation 2016; the skills to analyse verbatim reports; under­standing the Commission’s legal documents; and the new i-Taukei writing system.

Permanent Secretary for the Min­istry of iTaukei Affairs and Minis­try of Rural and Maritime Meleti Bainimarama during his opening remarks said that such institution shows Government’s never ending support.

“The existence of the iTaukei Land Appeals Tribunal, the i-Taukei Land and Fisheries Com­mission and other iTaukei Insti­tutions speaks volumes of the Government’s effort to safeguard and promote the rights of Indig­enous people of this land,” he said.

“Today, approximately 91 per cent of all land in Fiji is owned through customary ownership by the indig­enous people and cannot be perma­nently alienated under any circum­stances.

This has given the indigenous peo­ple a level of security that has been noticeably absent in other coun­tries and has been central to their social and economic well-being’’.

Mr Bainimarama added that the 2013 Constitution recognises the ownership that iTaukei have of their lands.

“Our 2013 Constitution recog­nises the indigenous people or the iTaukei, their ownership of iTaukei lands, their unique cul­ture, customs, traditions and lan­guage. The indigenous rights of ownership and protection are stip­ulated in Section 28 to Section 30 of the Constitution,” he said.

Edited by Susana Tuilau

simione.haravanua@fijisun.com.fj

 

 

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