A-G tells of need to ratify accords

LAWS should complement each other to ensure effective implementation, says Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

He said for Fiji to ratify the United Nations Human Rights Conventions, it put together laws that ensured the protection of people’s human rights.

“I think this is very important and that we tend to forget is that the laws must be complementary,” he said.

“Basically meaning we must have other laws to support the practicality of this particular convention.

“Generally a lot of countries don’t have specific laws pertaining to the beating up of women or what we call gender and domestic violence.

“Now the Fijian Government put in place the Domestic Violence Decree. Now for many people in many countries this kind of goes under the radar.

“In Fiji’s case previously, common assault was what you could call a reconcilable offence. When two parties agreed to stay together, you could actually reconcile.

“We found that in many cases where the laws did not actually support the person’s ability to have the confidence to bring their complaint in the first place many of these complaints fell to the back.

“There was a lot of pressure such as social and sometimes economic pressure to reconcile.”

He said the Child Welfare Decree also protected the rights of children.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum made the comments during Fiji’s UN Convention ratification process at Natadola, between Sigatoka and Nadi.

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