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Human rights education is integral in materialising the Commission’s constitutional mandate on promoting the protection and observance of, and respect for human rights in the country.

The Commission through its education and advocacy team aims to reach out to all people living in Fiji, informing and educating them about human rights, in particular about the rights and freedoms enshrined in the Constitution of the Republic of Fiji and how they can claim those rights by seeking redress for violation of their rights. The Commission’s human rights advocacy is focussed on “rights and responsibilities”.
The Commission has constructively engaged with diverse civil society organisations for discussions on significant issues relating to rights of arrested and detained person, bullying in school and use of corporal punishment bordering on violation of rights of children, cruel and degrading treatment experienced at home, in public places because of one’s gender identity, domestic violence, discrimination in the health sector with LGBTQ persons disallowed from donating blood, discrimination faced by persons living with disabilities when accessing public transportation and violation of environmental rights.
The Commission also raises awareness in the rural-remote communities through the Rights, Empowerment and Cohesion (REACH) for Rural and Urban Fijians initiative with its development partner, UNDP and stakeholders including Ministry of Women, Children & Poverty Alleviation, the Legal Aid Commission and the Fiji Police Force.

Our education/advocacy team has travelled to maritime, rural and remote areas, informal settlements, semi-urban and urban areas, creating awareness on key human rights issues.

The Education and Advocacy team uses the following modes to raise awareness:

Advocacy Work

The Commission continues to create awareness on the need to harmonize national laws and practices to international standards. This is reflected in the work carried out by the Commission. For instance:
advocacy work

Other forms of discrimination on prohibited grounds

Launch of short video on violence and discrimination faced by LGBTI communities and promoting principles of non-discrimination; national consultation on LGBTI rights; condemnation of the preclusion of non-heteronormative subjects from donating blood;
The Commission has appeared on 4 The Record Show on FBC on religious tolerance in light of the Christchurch mosque shootings.
The Commission called for the ratification of the Convention on the rights of persons wth disabilities without reservation; issued a press statement in relation to the modification to the procedures set out in section 57 of the Electoral Act pertaining to voting by persons with disabilities.
The Commission has engaged with sex worker organisations such as Strumphet Alliance Network and Survival Advocacy Network on sensitizing the law enforcers on human rights and inherent human dignity of sex workers.
The Commission has called for greater compliance by the State with its obligations under the Refugee Convention following the deportation of an Iranian refugee.

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