21 May 2010

Fiji interim AG says bylaws won't replicate colonial system

3:52 pm on 21 May 2010

Fiji's interim Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, says proposals to re-introduce some sort of village law won't bring back any colonial system in its entirety.

The planned by-laws are designed to combat unwelcome behaviour at the village level and include provisions over what women can wear and a curfew for young people.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum says the proposals have not come to his office, but those rules in the past contained some measures, such as public flogging, that wouldn't be acceptable to bring back:

"Village by laws were introduced way back in 1870 when we were colonised. So the colonial government put in place bylaws. And some of those bylaws in those days were actually quite oppressive. Obviously any suggestions of any bylaws would not be oppressive and we can only comment once we see what has been proposed."

The Fiji Times has reported the village laws could by in place by next month