HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION ESTABLISHED IN FIJI

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (March 24, 1999 - PACNEWS)---A constitutional provision calling for the establishment of a Human Rights Commission has been fulfilled, and Ombudsman, Justice Sailosi Kepa, has been selected as leader.

President Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara also appointed Imrana Jalal, the head of the Fiji Women's Rights Movement, and Suva based lawyer, Graham Leung, to the commission.

Ratu Sir Kamisese called on the members to exercise this state responsibility with "utmost devotion, enthusiasm, and integrity."

He said their primary role will be to inform and educate the public about the peoples' constitutional rights.

"The people should also be reminded of their responsibility to each other in promoting unity, harmony, mutual respect, and tolerance in our multi-ethnic and multi-cultural society,'' the President said.

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