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No change to decree

Nasik Swami
Thursday, November 29, 2012

THE Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, says a statement by the acting permanent secretary for Health Doctor Josefa Koroivueta that a change to the Crimes Decree was being contemplated is incorrect.

In a statement issued yesterday Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said no amendment to the Crimes Decree had been approved by Cabinet and any significant changes to it would require Cabinet's approval and would only occur after wide community consultations.

In an interview with this newspaper on Tuesday, Dr Koroivueta said health authorities wanted sex work to be legalised to remove discrimination against sex workers.

"For many years sex work has been regarded as illegal in the country," he said.

Dr Koroivueta said Fiji was working towards human rights-based approach and discrimination of sex workers was against human rights.

"We have a HIV/AIDS Decree that is human rights-based and does not discriminate."

He said the issue in Fiji was that sex workers were non-compliant when it came to human rights.

"The new legislation for sex workers would be in compliance with the HIV/AIDS Decree and totally based on human rights principles," he had said.