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NGO Coalition believes a lot can be done to meaningfully translate human rights into a reality for Fiji
By Rashika Kumar
Tuesday 10/12/2019

The NGO Coalition on Human Rights says it strongly believes that despite Universal Declaration on Human Rights being adopted 71 years ago, a lot needs to be done in order to meaningfully translate the international commitment into a reality for Fiji. 

Coalition Chair, Nalini Singh says the Coalition is deeply concerned by the ongoing cyberbullying and the threats of violence against individuals who speak out on human rights violations and the lack of action taken by the relevant authorities in curbing the issue. 

She adds that most recently, Virisila Buadromo who appeared on the Australian TV Show, Q&A Pacific, received backlash and threats of violence for highlighting the ongoing human rights violations in Fiji.

She adds that Human Rights violations should not have a place in a truly democratic country.

Singh further says that it is not only the responsibility of civil society organisations to defend human rights and fundamental freedoms, it is the responsibility of everybody to defend and claim our human rights. 

The NGO Coalition on Human Rights has marked Human Rights Day with an annual march on December 10 since 1997 but the march has been canceled this year due to the measles outbreak.

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