May 10, 2012 08:56:28 AM
Fiji’s Constitutional Commission chairman Professor Yash Ghai said government should justify restrictions and that restrictions currently in place should not hinder public consultations they will carry out.
Professor Ghai told a press conference yesterday the Commission hopes to carry out transparent public consultations towards the drafting of a new Constitution.
“I am not aware of the situation, but with regards to the drafting of the Constitution process, we still hope to hear from all members of the public who wish to make their submissions towards the Constitution consultation.”
Professor Ghai said though they are in place, restrictions should be justified.
“I do not know the situation in Fiji but I hope that authorities will have a view that is of the law and bear in mind that restrictions should not attain to human rights,” he said.
When asked whether the meetings restrictions in place would in any way hinder the public consultations they (Constitutional Commission) would carry out, Professor Ghai said notifications would be more proper than permits.
“Restrictions are not universal in a democratic country but to have some restriction for good reasons is important and balance is needed.”
Professor Ghai left the country yesterday.
By Keresi Nauwakarawa