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Fiji: Parliament Approves Ratification of Convention Against Torture

(Mar. 19, 2015) On March 16, 2015, the Fijian Parliament voted unanimously to support the ratification of the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (UNCAT). (Nasik Swami, Yes to UNCAT, FIJI TIMES (Mar. 17, 2015).) The Parliament voted on a government motion following a debate on a […]

Fiji: New Constitution Signed into Law

(Sept. 9, 2013) On September 6, 2013, the President of Fiji formally assented to a new constitution in a ceremony at Government House in the capital, Suva. The constitution comes into effect immediately. (President Signs Long-Awaited Fiji Constitution into Law, ABC RADIO AUSTRALIA (Sept. 6, 2013); Mereani Gonedua, Constitution Effective After Presidential Assent, FIJILIVE (Sept. […]

Fiji: HIV/AIDS Decree Approved by Cabinet

(Jan. 26, 2011) On January 18, 2011, it was announced that the Fiji Cabinet had approved the HIV/AIDS Decree 2011. (Press Release, Ministry of Information, 1-18-11 Cabinet Approves HIV/AIDS Decree 2011 (Jan. 18, 2011), This Decree “aims to safeguard the privacy and rights of persons infected or affected by HIV/AIDS,” (id.) including by: · […]

Fiji: Anti-Doping Treaty Ratified

(Nov. 24, 2010) On November 17, 2010, Fiji deposited its instrument of ratification of the International Convention Against Doping in Sport with the United Nations. Under the provisions of the treaty, it will come into force in Fiji on January 1, 2011. (Ratification by Fiji of the International Convention Against Doping in Sport (Paris, 19 […]

Fiji: New Media Decree to Be Finalized Following Consultation

(Apr. 7, 2010) On March 30, 2010, the interim government of Fiji announced plans to hold consultation sessions between April 7 and April 10 as it seeks to finalize the Media Industry Development Decree 2010. (Press Release, International Federation of Journalists [IFJ], IFJ Welcomes Entry of Media on Fiji Consultation (Apr. 4, 2010), available at […]

Fiji: Challenge to 2006 Coup Dismissed

(Oct. 24, 2008) It was reported on October 9, 2008, that Fiji's High Court dismissed a challenge to the actions of President Ratu Josefa Iloilovatu Uluivuda after the 2006 coup in which Commodore Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama took power in Fiji. The High Court ruled that the decision of the President to ratify the dismissal of […]

Fiji: New Foreign Investment Regulations

(Sept. 29, 2008) Fiji has introduced new regulations regarding foreign investment that place restrictions on foreign investors participating in “restricted activities” (that is, investment activities subject to conditions, should non-Fijan investors wish to pursue them). While previously foreigners wishing to invest in restricted activities were regulated by a percentage of equity, they are now required […]

Fiji: Ruling Permits Publication of Any Government Information

(Nov. 2, 2007) According to a media report of October 19, 2007, a recent Fiji High Court decision permits Fiji media the freedom to publish any government or statutory body information regardless of how the information has been obtained. The only exception to this right is where the owners of the information are able to […]