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The fight needs to go on - Ratu Epeli Nailatikau

The fight needs to go on - Ratu Epeli Nailatikau

By Vijay Narayan and Bob Waqasaqa
Tuesday 17/05/2016

The fight against homophobia and transphobia needs to continue in Fiji.

Former President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau says our constitution covers for the rights of everyone in the country however the fight against discrimination has to go on.

Ratu Epeli made these comments to Fijivillage as he attended the celebration to mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia at the French Ambassador’s residence today.

French Ambassador Michel Djokovic says today people all over the world try to raise awareness against homophobia and transphobia, and try to put an end to such an undignified attitude.

He says the French Embassy in Fiji is very supportive of the trans-women and homosexuals fight for their rights.

The event was attended by members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer community.

The Fijian constitution states that a person must not be unfairly discriminated against, directly or indirectly, on the grounds of his or her actual or supposed personal characteristics or circumstances, including race, culture, ethnic or social origin, color, place of origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression.

A number of organizations including UN Women, Fiji Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission, the Drodrolagi Movement and Rainbow Pride Foundation are having a panel discussion this afternoon to raise awareness on International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia with a focus on mental health and wellbeing.

 International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia at the French Ambassador’s residence

 

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