A GROUP working towards creating a better Fiji for members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) community has issued an open letter to political parties and independent candidates.
The document was released by Rainbow Pride Foundation and outlines issues it deemed critical to members of the LGBTIQ community.
"The LGBTIQ community is a significant proportion of Fiji's voting population.
"We urge all political leaders to address these issues in their manifestos and campaigns in local and national elections as well as post-elections.
"We call on the affirmation of the close link between democracy, the rule of law and the full enjoyment of one's human rights.
"We call upon the State, political parties and candidates to adhere to the principles of democracy, including the separation of powers between the executive, the judiciary and the legislative."
According to Rainbow Pride Foundation, substantive equality needs to be promoted among members of the public.
"The rights of all LGBTIQ people should be protected, including sexual and reproductive health and rights, recognition of all rights linked to sexual orientation and gender identities and expressions, without fear or discrimination," the foundation said.
The letter also called for freedom from all forms of violence and this included torture and discrimination in particular.