12 Feb 2010

Fiji promises improvements to human rights

7:09 pm on 12 February 2010

Fiji's spokesman at the United Nation Human Rights Council in Geneva promises this week's key meeting on Fiji will mark the start of an improved society for the people of Fiji.

In Geneva the Human Rights Council reviewed Fiji's human rights record.

Delegation chief, Peceli Vocea, says Fiji welcomes the UN's consultative process and the workshop recommendations after input from many of the member states.

"Fiji will employ the outcome of this process as a benchmark for future human rights reporting and express the committment that in areas found wanting, it will be improved upon in future reviews."

Mr Vocea says a national dialogue forum and visits by UN representatives will improve the human rights situation in Fiji.

Countries from around the world told the Fiji delegation they are greatly concerned about government interference with the judicary, intimidation of human rights defenders, as well as racial and gender inequality.