10 Aug 2011

NGO group in Fiji calls for Attorney-General to resign

1:36 pm on 10 August 2011

A Suva-based group of local and regional NGOs has called for the resignation of the Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

The chairperson of the NGO Coalition on Human Rights, Shamima Ali, says there's no logic to the decrees coming out of his office.

She says the latest Essential National Industries Decree violates workers' rights and takes Fiji backwards, in contrast to the progressive Employment Relations Regulations of 2007.

"We believe that perhaps the office doesn't have the capacity to think things through and to have legislation that is progressive and that actually caters to people's needs rather than that is in opposition to what people's needs are."

Shamima Ali says Mr Sayed-Khaiyum should give up the reins to someone who will move Fiji forward.

The Attorney General was not immediately available for comment.