THE Minister for Women Dr Jiko Luveni says having a sex offender's registry for Fiji will address the root cause of all sex related crimes against women and girls in the country.
She said such a registry would have records of sexual offenders, making it easy to conduct targeted intervention programs to realistically address the causes of such behaviour in offenders.
She said the registry would be important provided the Fiji Police Force and the courts had all the information of offenders.
"Since we have all the records, it would be very important and good for any organisation to come up with the registry," Dr Luveni said.
She said offenders could be identified, tracked and educated. Dr Luveni said with the increase in physical abuse and sexual violence in Fiji, every effort should be made by all citizens to end crimes against women and girls.
"This will only happen if we all stand up and take responsibility," she said.
Fiji Women's Crisis Centre co-ordinator Shamima Ali said a sex offender's registry would violate human rights.
Ms Ali said it would not solve anything because people would be harassed and victimised as they could be identified through the registry.