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Coalition pleased with UPR

November 7, 2014 5:06 am

The Non-Government Organisation Coalition for Human Rights has welcomed the Universal Periodic Review that Fiji attended in Geneva last month.

The coalition includes NGOSs like Citizens Constitutional Forum, Fiji Womens Crisis Centre and Ecumenical Centre for Research and Advocacy to name a few.

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique process which involves a review of the Human Rights records of all UN Member States.

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The UPR is a state-driven process under the support of the Human Rights Council which provides the opportunity for each state to declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situations in their countries and to fulfil their human rights obligations.

Fiji Womens Rights Movement programme director Tara Chetty says they are pleased with how Government responded in Geneva.

“Civil society is really keen on engaging with the state on this. We have a parliament to engage with as well and they have got a whole set up with the standing committees and they have an obligation to monitor our human rights commitments and they also have an obligation to consider gender equality in their work. So these things fit in very nicely with what came out of the UPR.”

Out of the 137 recommendations made Fiji has accepted 98 including engaging with special procedures mandate holders and ratifying core human rights instruments.

_“We believe that what the Government has said that in Geneva that they are committed to doing this and working with civil society and also on this area of Human Rights so we are really looking forward to seeing that process begin.”

The challenge now would be to ensure that Government holds up its end of the bargain and continues to push forward in compliance to everything they have agreed upon.

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