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Commission to meet Police on Facebook post

October 19, 2015 11:34 pm

The Fiji Human Rights Commission Chairman is meeting with the Police Commissioner and the Social Welfare Department this afternoon to further the matter of an alleged child abuse on a Facebook post.

The chairperson for Fiji Human Rights Commission Justice Mohammed Ajmeer told FBC news this is uncalled for and it is important that members of the public help out in identifying the child and the alleged perpetrator/perpetrators.

He said it is also concerning as the adults visible in the picture are not making any attempt to protect the child.

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Ajmeer says the incident as highlighted is in breach of Section 41(1) (d) of 2013 Constitution which states:

“Every child has the right to be protected from abuse, neglect, harmful cultural practices, any form of violence, inhumane treatment and punishment, and hazardous or exploitive labour”.

He reiterates family members and the general public are supposed to provide protection to children and any abuse known should be immediately reported to the authorities.

The alleged post shows a child tied to a pole and is titled as punishment.

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