Fiji Times Logo

Fiji Time: 11:26 PM on Wednesday 17 September

/ Front page / News

Human rights assured

Mere Naleba
Sunday, February 23, 2014

THE human rights clauses stipulated in the 2013 Constitution cannot be removed by any government that leads the country.

These were the words of Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama during his speech at the opening of a new school block at Dawasamu Secondary School on Friday.

The crowd that gathered at the school premises was encouraged by the Prime Minister to exercise their rights to access health services, receive education and access clean drinking water.

"Education is no longer a privilege in Fiji as it used to be before my government resumed office," Commodore Bainimarama said.

"Education is now a right, a right that is signed in the new Constitution along with a range of other rights like access to health, and access to clean water.

"These are now rights that cannot be taken away, no matter who is in power."

The Prime Minister said the 2013 Constitution clearly stated these rights and no government could remove them from the Constitution.

Commodore Bainimarama said native land was also protected.

"As is the right of the iTaukei not to have their land converted to freehold and sold off as happened with previous governments," he said.


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. No $20m ransom
  2. Emotional visit for contestants
  3. The unsolved murders of Wailada
  4. Double time pay
  5. Church unmoved
  6. Found after 2 days at sea
  7. Pre-poll turnout
  8. Cougar II joins fleet
  9. Dry spell water worry
  10. Day to give thanks

Top Stories this Week

  1. Worst still to come Wednesday (10 Sep)
  2. Police hunt for clues Wednesday (10 Sep)
  3. Searching for answers Monday (15 Sep)
  4. Girl, 12, murdered Monday (15 Sep)
  5. Be warned Thursday (11 Sep)
  6. PM confirms release of 45 peacekeepers Friday (12 Sep)
  7. Shocked and disgusted Monday (15 Sep)
  8. Couple seeks end to problem Friday (12 Sep)
  9. Safe and alive Friday (12 Sep)
  10. No $20m ransom Tuesday (16 Sep)