Fiji Time: 1:26 PM on Tuesday 21 April

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

'Borrowed' provision

Felix Chaudhary
Friday, April 12, 2013

THE Right to Life provision in the draft constitution has been adopted from the European Union.

That was the word from the Attorney-General and Electoral Reform Minister, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. Speaking at the constitution consultations held at the Tanoa Waterfront Hotel in Lautoka on Tuesday, the A-G said while the right to life was clearly outlined, there were circumstances where deprivation of life was also clearly explained.

"Everyone has a right to life and a person must not be arbitrarily deprived of life. In other words, we can't just go and kill anybody but it also means that the right is enforceable against the State. So just because a police officer arrests you doesn't mean he can kill you," he said.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum explained the section of the draft where deprivation would not be regarded.

"It shall not be regarded if inflicted in contravention with this section when it results with the use of force, which is no more than absolutely necessary in defence of a person from unlawful violence.

"There are various tests that security forces or whoever it is that kills any person needs to fulfil. Now that provision — sub-section 2 — is borrowed directly from the European Union, word for word. So we are, in fact, abiding by international standards as far as that is concerned."





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. The murder of a schoolteacher
  2. Unclaimed body laid to rest
  3. Winner pulls out
  4. $30k win for couple
  5. Wife wished cancer for hubby
  6. Fisherman in hospital after collision at sea
  7. Project funding
  8. Chiefly family to decide on Tui Bua position
  9. FEA shares on offer
  10. $10m music

Top Stories this Week

  1. Gang rape Monday (20 Apr)
  2. It's a lie Wednesday (15 Apr)
  3. Bloody Sunday Monday (20 Apr)
  4. Death shatters dream Monday (20 Apr)
  5. Fatal trip Thursday (16 Apr)
  6. A fair trial, says Singh Wednesday (15 Apr)
  7. Ro Teimumu makes a stand Wednesday (15 Apr)
  8. Son's death shocks family, police investigate brother Saturday (18 Apr)
  9. Wish for son's death Monday (20 Apr)
  10. Five years in exile Friday (17 Apr)