Raj: Ac­cess to Jus­tice Should be Con­sis­tent with Hu­man Rights

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The Fiji Hu­man Rights and Anti-Discrimina­tion direc­tor Ash­win Raj says ac­cess to jus­tice needs to be in line with hu­man rights.

He made the com­ment while de­liv­er­ing his ad­dress on the topic of ‘Hu­man Rights – Constituti­onal Rights and Safe­guards’ at the three-day Le­gal Aid Com­mis­sion Re­gional Con­fer­ence yesterday. The con­fer­ence is be­ing held at the In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal Fiji Golf Re­sort and Spa in Natadola.

“Ac­cess to jus­tice is not sim­ply about rem­e­dy­ing in­jus­tice through for­mal and in­for­mal in­sti­tu­tions but it also needs to be con­sis­tent with hu­man rights stan­dards,” Mr Raj said. “So the con­ver­sa­tion be­tween ac­cess to jus­tice, the Le­gal Aid Com­mis­sion and the Na­tional Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion is an in­ex­tri­ca­ble one.

“We are in­ex­tri­ca­bly wo­ven into each other’s

fab­ric and for the most part where there is no con­flict of in­ter­est we work col­lec­tively in en­sur­ing that ac­cess to jus­tice is con­sis­tent with hu­man rights val­ues.”

Mr Raj added one thing that needed to be thor­oughly thought through in the de­vel­op­ment of ju­rispru­dence was en­sur­ing the mea­sures were fair and not ar­bi­trary. Edited by Ranoba Baoa

DEPTFO News Photo:

Fiji Hu­man Rights and Anti-Discrimina­tion direc­tor Ash­win Raj (right), dur­ing the Le­gal Aid Com­mis­sion Re­gional Con­fer­ence at the In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal Fiji Golf Re­sort and Spa in Natadola on August 21, 2019.

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