Fiji Time: 10:22 PM on Thursday 27 November

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

'Inhumane treatment'

Salaseini Moceiwai
Wednesday, April 09, 2014

RESTAURANT owners in Labasa have been reminded that chasing beggars and mentally challenged people away from their premises was inhumane.

The reminder follows concerns raised by members of the public about how some owners had barred such people from entering or having their meals in their premises.

Fiji Human Rights Commission officer in charge Rajinesh Mishra said while they were unaware of the issue, he said such treatment was inhumane.

"This treatment is cruel and inhumane in the case of a paying customer who may be mentally challenged or even be a beggar," Mr Mishra said.

"Section 25 3 (a) of the 2013 Constitution clearly states that a person must not be unfairly discriminated against directly or indirectly on the grounds of his or her actual or supposed personal characteristics or circumstances, including race, culture, ethnic or social origin, colour or place of origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, birth, primary language, economic or social or health status, disability, age, religion, conscience, marital status or pregnancy.

"However, if a person enters the premises with the sole intention of begging, it may be seen a privacy issue for the customers. It becomes the responsibility of the service provider to provide privacy and security for his customers."

Divisional Police Commander North SSP Naulumatua Lutunacaucau said it was only proper for owners to at least treat such people with some form of courtesy.





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. LTA fires corrupt 4
  2. $610k overpayment
  3. 10 years for rapist step dad
  4. Supermodels on show
  5. A first for the school
  6. Balls and beard tourney
  7. Luveni: PAC will sit
  8. Businesswomen address concerns
  9. Report highlights voucher destruction practices
  10. $300k used for project

Top Stories this Week

  1. Deal on NZ jobs Monday (24 Nov)
  2. Budget Friday (21 Nov)
  3. Stop the bickering Tuesday (25 Nov)
  4. No regrets Tuesday (25 Nov)
  5. Couple return to Fiji after almost a decade Wednesday (26 Nov)
  6. Patel guilty of abuse Friday (21 Nov)
  7. President Xi leaves impression on leaders Monday (24 Nov)
  8. Indecent jokes warning Wednesday (26 Nov)
  9. Jail terms for former Post Fiji executives Monday (24 Nov)
  10. Biman: Budget boring Saturday (22 Nov)