14 Feb 2013

Samoa's planned sex offender registry raises privacy issues

5:10 am on 14 February 2013

Privacy breaches resulting from any publicised list of convicted sex offenders in Samoa will be an issue for the Law Reform Commission to consider as it has been tasked with advising Cabinet on the matter.

The Attorney General, Aumua Ming Leung Wai, has referred the call by Supreme Court judge, Justice Vui Clarence Nelson, for a sex registry to the Law Reform Commission.

He says other countries have sex offender registries but whether it is appropriate for Samoa is something that needs to be assessed.

Our correspondent, Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia, says the right to privacy is in the nation's founding document.

"Well there's the possibility of also looking at the privacy of these people, because they have their rights which needs to be protected and these people's rights need to be protected under the constitution of this country."

Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia says the call for a sex registry has overwhelming support from non-government organisations, which often end up looking after the victims of sex crimes.