Bill will complement Constitution
The Solicitor-General’s Office Senior Legal Officer Seema Chand told the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence yesterday at Parliament, if the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill of 2016 was passed it would complement the constitution. Ms Chand said it would also give life to the provisions under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Person with Disabilities.
“With over 150 states having ratified with the convention; it will also raise Fiji’s standard internationally within the Human Rights Council and Committee,” she said.
“It will also strengthen our international relations with other State parties who had all ratified the convention.”
The Solicitor-General’s Office yesterday made submissions on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill of 2016 during public consultations yesterday.
Solicitor-General’s Office principal legal officer, Tima Vakadewabuka said the Bill was important and needed to be part of our law. The Attorney-General, Aiyaz SayedKhaiyum told Parliament last month the Bill sought to uphold and impose the rights of Fijians who live with disabilities inconsonance with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
The Bill was tabled for first reading in Parliament on February and then tabled for second reading in April; it will be debated and voted upon on a later date.