Rotumans Call To Be Recognized In New Fiji Constitution

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Representative calls for representation in parliament

By Nanise Loanakadavu

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, Oct. 23, 2012) – Chiefs and the Rotuma Council want their people to be expressly acknowledged as an indigenous people of Fiji under the new Constitution.

In their submissions to the commission, the council said the rights, aspirations and interests of all Rotumans should be recognized in the new constitution.

Misau Fatiaki, who submitted on behalf of the council, said there should be constitutional arrangements under which all matters relating to or affecting the lands and seas of Rotumans are approved by the council.

"That our uniqueness be reflected in the allocation of representation to both houses of parliament," Mr. Fatiaki said.

The council also proposed the establishment of a court system on Rotuma.

Mr. Fatiaki expressed the council's views on the 1997 Constitution, saying some provisions in it were worthy of consideration.

These include:

Mr. Fatiaki said the chiefs did not agree with Section 38 (2) (a) of the 1997 Constitution, that the provision on sexual orientation was inconsistent with the Preamble and one that would nurture undesirable, unnatural and immoral practices.

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