NFP leader welcomes inclusion

National Federation Party leader Biman Prasad and president Pio Tikoduadua during an earlier media conference this week. Picture: JONA KONATACI

THE National Federation Party has welcomed Fiji’s election as a member of the UN Human Rights Council.

However, party leader Professor Biman Prasad called for a comprehensive investigation into all human rights breaches committed in the country over the past 12 years.

“I made it clear in Parliament this year that we fully support Fiji’s bid to become a member of the UNHRC but at the same time urged Government to fully adhere and respect all fundamental human rights and freedoms,” said NFP leader Professor Biman Prasad.

“It would fall on the incoming government, after the elections, to look at all the draconian Decrees and Promulgations that have now been legislated as Acts, with a view to amending or repealing them to ensure full compliance to fundamental rights and freedoms.

“Having said this we note that countries with far more dubious record have held membership on the UNHRC.”

“We also expect the next government to fully investigate all breaches of human rights in the last 12 years.

“So we expect the next government to ensure full compliance and not be voted out after three years just because we were paying lip-service to human rights and freedoms.”

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