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03 April 2023

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Coalition urges everyone to choose a government that ensures protection of human rights

oalition urges everyone to choose a government that ensures protection of human rights

9/12/2022

Activism, chanting, music and dance was the order of the day at the annual Human Rights Day event organised by the NGO Coalition on Human Rights at the Suva Bowling Club today.

Human rights defenders used the platform to call out against all types of violations against the human rights of all Fijians as we mark the anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)

Human Rights Day is commemorated around the world on 10th December on the anniversary of the day the UN General Assembly adopted the UDHR in 1948 concluding the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.

The Coalition organised a party with entertainment led by veteran Laisa Vulakoro.

"This Human Rights Day we demand a government that will listen to the voices of the people, a government that recognises and respects the rights of all Fijians, a government that practices values of democracy and equality, and one that enables an environment where justice is served to all perpetrators of violence and violations of human rights," the Coalition said.

"As Fiji currently holds its national elections, we urge the people to choose wisely - choose leaders that will listen to the issues that we as a diverse people with intersectional barriers and challenges face daily."

The Coalition believes that State accountability is urgent to ensuring the protection of everyone's rights and reminds us all of our commitment to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which states that All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights

"We call out against intimidation, violence, discrimination, racism, militarism, homophobia, transphobia, climate and environmental injustices and all other human rights atrocities. This is a constant fight for the respect of our rights that does not just happen on Human Rights Day, it is an ongoing struggle and we urge everyone to speak up against the violation of their rights," the Coalition states.

The Coalition organises an event to mark the annual Human Rights Day raising awareness on the protection, celebration and the advocacy around the protection of human rights in Fiji.

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