Cross-bor­der is­sue made easy

Fiji Sun - - Nation - Ari­eta Vaka­sukawaqa Edited by Manasa Kalouniv­iti

Deal­ing with cross-bor­der is­sues will be made eas­ier for the Fiji Police Force if we give as­sent to the 1996 Hague Con­ven­tion, says Deputy Com­mis­sioner of Police Isikeli Li­gairi. Mr Li­gairi was mak­ing sub­mis­sions to the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on For­eign Af­fairs and De­fence in Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day. He said on the Hague Con­ven­tion of 1996, Ar­ti­cle 2 ap­plied to chil­dren from the mo­ment of their birth un­til they reached the age of 18.

He said Police would re­quire train­ing, fa­cil­i­ties and ad­di­tional re­sources to han­dle chil­dren of all age groups, es­pe­cially ba­bies in­clud­ing the pro­tec­tion of their life and prop­erty.

Mr Li­gairi said Ar­ti­cle 7 of the con­ven­tion dealt with the wrong­ful re­moval and re­ten­tion of a child.

He said in that situation Police would need to es­tab­lish a place of safety to tem­po­rar­ily shel­ter a child till all the reg­u­lated pro­cesses were com­plied with. Mr Li­gairi said the en­act­ment of the Fam­ily Act 2003 al­lowed Police as­sis­tance to serve and ex­e­cute or­ders on par­ties to an ap­pli­ca­tion but it was un­clear on the role of Police on cross­bor­der ap­pli­ca­tions. He said the 1996 Hague Con­ven­tion pro­vided the op­por­tu­nity for clearer le­gal guid­ance re­gard­ing Police role and re­spon­si­bil­ity.

Photo: Vil­imoni Va­ganalau

Fi­jiFirst Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment Jilila Ku­mar (left), with Deputy Police Com­mis­sioner Isikeli Li­gairi in Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day.

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