THE Human Rights Commission, established under the Human Rights Commission Decree 2009, will continue to exist as the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission, states the 2013 Constitution.
The document, under its Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission provision, states that the commission would consist of a chairperson (who must be a person who is or is qualified to be appointed as a judge) and four other members, all of whom are to be appointed by the President on the advice of the Constitutional Offices Commission.
When advising the President, the Constitutional Offices Commission must take into account the persons' personal attributes and knowledge-based, experience-based attributes.
Responsibilities of this commission include promoting the protection and observance of, and respect for, human rights in public and private institutions, and to develop a culture of human rights in Fiji.
"The commission is responsible for â€¦ education about the rights and freedoms recognised in this chapter as well as other internationally-recognised rights and freedoms."
It is also responsible for "monitoring, investigating and reporting on the observance of human rights in all spheres of life; making recommendations to government concerning the matters affecting the rights and freedoms recognised in this chapter, including recommendations concerning existing or proposed laws".
The commission, the Constitution states, will also deal with matters pertaining to the receiving and investigating of alleged abuses of human rights and take steps to secure appropriate redress if human rights have been violated.
It is responsible for monitoring that the state complies with obligations under treaties and conventions relating to human rights.
"Any person has the right to complain to the commission, alleging that a right or freedom in this chapter has been denied, violated or infringed, or is threatened."