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CCF: Participation is important

Nanise Loanakadavu
Wednesday, December 12, 2012

THE Citizens Constitutional Forum Limited has launched a documentary that seeks to capture the voice of people in the constitution making process.

Titled "Our Voice, Our Future, Our Constitution", the 25-minute documentary was launched at Village 6 Cinemas in Suva on Monday night.

According to CCF chief executive officer Reverend Akuila Yabaki, the documentary was part of this year's International Human Rights Day celebration.

This year's theme "My Voice Counts" gives the spotlight on the rights of all people, women, youth, minority groups, sexual minorities, persons with disabilities, indigenous people, the poor and marginalised, to make their voices heard in public life and be included in political decision-making.

Mr Yabaki said the theme was appropriate and relevant to Fiji's current context following the national consultations on drafting the next constitution, where ordinary citizens were able to exercise their fundamental right as articulated in Article 21 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which states "Everyone has the right to take part in the government and free and fair elections".

"Views that ask the burning questions of legitimacy, non-negotiable, immunity, land, human rights and the remaining phases leading to the elections," he said.

Mr Yabaki said one vital issue which CCF hoped to highlight through the production was the importance of participation.

"People from all walks of life came forward to have their voices heard," he said.

"More importantly, those who strongly questioned the legitimacy of the process, the appointments and the timeline knew the importance of participating in the process and made all effort to do so."


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