Curr: NZ didn’t draft Bill

New Zealand High Commissioner Jonathan Curr at the opening of Fiji Women Crisis Centre Nadi Branch. Picture: REINAL CHAND

New Zealand did not have a hand in drafting the proposed Police Bill 2020, says High Commissioner to Fiji Jonathan Curr.

He posted on his official Twitter handle that New Zealand was engaged in a four-year strengthening program with the Fiji Police Force in partnership with the United Nations Development Program.

“As a component of this program, NZ is supporting public consultations on the Draft Police Bill 2020, led by Ministry of Defence and National Security supported by the UNDP Fiji Police Force Support Project.

“NZ has not been involved in drafting or developing the Bill.” Mr Curr said, “such an important piece of legislation needs to be consulted with Fiji’s citizens”.

“This is an opportunity for the community to influence the final shape of the Bill, and to express concerns and provide feedback.”

He said the partnership with Fiji Police was aimed at improving policing and support Fiji to meet it’s international human rights obligations.

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