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HR commissioner calls for autonomy

Monday, February 12, 2018

Update: 7:39PM UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein is urging Government to ensure that its independent institutions are truly autonomous in its finances, administration and membership.

Mr Al Hussein said while there a number of independent institutions including the Constitutional Affairs Commission, the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission (HRADC) and the Fiji Elections Office he was concerned with a basic structural flaw that bring into question whether these bodies were truly autonomous.

"Independent national human rights institutions can be extremely effective in serving as a link between government and civil society," he said.

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