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Fiji looks to become a member of the UNHRC

October 1, 2015 1:44 am

Fiji is looking to become a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama told the United Nations General Assembly this morning, Fiji would fight for issues affecting the Pacific like climate change as well as help strengthen human rights in the region.

He says the voice and the unique concerns of the Pacific Small Island Developing States have trouble being heard.

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Bainimarama adds Fiji is committed to ratifying the core human rights instruments in the not so distant future.

He told the Assembly he has invited a number of Special mandate holders under the Human Rights Council to visit Fiji, and the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education will visit Fiji within a year to assess and Government’s efforts and initiatives on the right to education.

Fiji hopes to be elected Member of the Human Rights Council for the term 2018 to 2020.

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