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PM: Socio-economic rights will be enforceable

Friday, December 06, 2013

Update: 10:37AM SOCIAL and economic rights has been included in the Constitution because of the will of the people.

This was the message delivered by the Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama at the opening of the 15th Attorney General's Conference at the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa in Natadola this morning.

Commodore Bainimarama said during his travel around the country, social and economic rights were among the biggest concerns raised by the people.

"In many countries, socio-economic rights have either not been recognised or have not been enforceable," he said.

"The focus generally has always been on civil and political rights. 

"I'm pleased to say that here in Fiji, we have included both sets of rights in the new Constitution in a very comprehensive manner. Indeed for the first time, socio- economic rights will be enforceable."

The 2013 AG's conference ends tomorrow.