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Ashwin Raj eager to defend human rights

Newly appointed Director of the Fiji Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission (FHRC), Ashwin Raj says he has an enormous sense of responsibility to ensure that human rights are upheld at all times. Mr. Raj told Newswire he was delighted with his new appointment. This is an extremely important appointment under the  Fiji Human Rights and […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

March 17, 2016 11:49 am

Newly appointed Director of the Fiji Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission (FHRC), Ashwin Raj says he has an enormous sense of responsibility to ensure that human rights are upheld at all times.

Mr. Raj told Newswire he was delighted with his new appointment.

This is an extremely important appointment under the  Fiji Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission. The new constitution has added responsibilities and additional scope of anti-discrimination work, so to work for the Commission is quite critical  and therefore this appointment is an important one. There is an enormous sense of responsibility that I have to ensure that human right is being observed at all time.

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Mr. Raj said that there was no conflict of interest in being the Chairman of Fiji’s Media Industry Development Authority (MIDA) and as the Director of the FHRC.

There is no conflict of interest, in the sense that  all complaints that goes to to MIDA are directed to the media tribunal which is chaired by a judge and is the  independent of the media industry development.

In all event where complaints are being obtained to the media that comes directly  to the Human Rights Commission, I’ll recuse myself to avoid any potential of interest.

The Chairperson of the FHRC, Mr. Justice Mohamed Ajmeer yesterday announced Mr. Raj’s appointment.

Mr. Raj joins the Commission with a wealth of experience having served as an academic and a record of constructive engagement with civil society, State and the international community in the field of human rights, governance and democracy. Mr. Raj’s expertise will greatly benefit the Commission to fulfill its mandated responsibilities enshrined in the 2013 constitution with additional scope of the ‘anti-discrimination’ provision to its portfolio.

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