Human rights and election brochures launched

Fiji Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission director Ashwin Raj with Fijian Electoral Commission chairman Suresh Chandra launch the human rights and election brochure at the Fijian Elections Office yesterday. Picture: JONA KONATACI

THE right to vote, a fundamental human right, is an expression of the will of the individual as recognised in the Constitution and must be exercised without fear of reprisal and recrimination.

These were the sentiments shared by the director of the Fiji Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission (FHRADC), Ashwin Raj, while launching the human rights and elections brochure at the Fijian Elections Office (FEO) in Suva.

Mr Raj said the brochure talked about the fact that human rights and freedoms came with responsibilities.

“The right to freedom of expression does not give one the right to promote hate speech or incite violence based on race, religion, ethnicity and other prohibited grounds of discrimination,” Mr Raj said.

He also mentioned the commission would translate the brochure in the vernacular in the iTaukei, Fiji-Hindi, Rotuman and Chinese languages and reach out to the most rural and remote communities through its outreach initiative.

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