27 Oct 2014

Fiji human rights under UN scrutiny

5:15 pm on 27 October 2014

Fiji's human rights record is to go under scrutiny this week in Geneva as part of a UN human rights review.

The country is undergoing its second appraisal under the UN Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review which looks at the human rights records of all of the UN's members.

Fiji's Minister of Justice Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum is heading Fiji's delegation to the UN's European headquarters.

The session which starts on Wednesday will look at several issues including promoting women's rights, the democratic process and the recent elections, freedom of religion and expression, rights to housing and sanitation, the administration of justice and the role of the Human Rights Commission.

Representatives from Japan, Namibia and Russia will serve as Rapporteurs for the review of Fiji.

Human Rights Watch, which is among those who've made submissions, says the review is a test of whether the new Fiji government can seriously address its human rights problems.