Ratification of international treaties will improve Fiji’s well-being: Tarte

Professor Sandra Tarte. Picture: FT FILE

THE ratification of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Right (ICECSR) treaties would improve the well-being, security, dignity, lives and the livelihoods of the citizens of Fiji.
The Head of School of Government, Development and International Affairs at the University of the South Pacific (USP), Associate Professor Sandra Tarte, made these comments while presenting submissions to the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence on whether Fiji should ratify the ICCPR and ICESCR treaties in Suva today.
She said this would indicate to the world that Fiji was serious about committing itself to human rights standards and would be compliant with the governance principles of accountability, transparency, particularly engagement with its citizens, equality and stronger respect for the rule of law.
“Fiji has respect in the Pacific as a leader in many different areas and the ratification of the ICCPR and ICESCR, and subsequent adherence and implementation of these laws in Fiji would also make Fiji a country to emulate in the Pacific region,” Prof Tarte said.

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