Bill will com­ple­ment Con­sti­tu­tion

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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.

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