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'No comment'

Luke Nacei
Saturday, February 17, 2018

FIJI Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission director Ashwin Raj has opted not to respond to suggestions by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, regarding his role.

Mr Al Hussein suggested the FHRADC director should not have a second portfolio to his role as the director of the human rights body in Fiji.

Mr Al Hussein said it could create a conflict of interest with the public.

"The perception no matter what the director does, the perception in the public is there could be conflict of interest," Mr Al Hussein said.

"I think it should be better for the director not to have a second portfolio that he carries.

"This is an example when I became the High Commissioner of Human Rights, I had to dissociate myself with all the previous boards that I was on.

"We did not want to create a perception that somehow is acting on behalf of some other organisations during the work; consider the same applied," he added.

When contacted for a comment via telephone yesterday, Mr Raj said he would not comment. Questions sent to him via electronic mail yesterday remained unanswered.

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