Sunday, April 25, 2010

Strict village bylaws face review

by Theresa Ralogaivau

Fiji Times - Monday, April 26, 2010
EXISTING village bylaws that infringe on personal rights or expose people to harm and contradict State laws will be removed.
A consultation process on a set of village bylaws being proposed by the Fijian Affairs Board has covered 105 villages in the province. Roko Tui Cakaudrove Ro Aca Mataitini said villages had their own bylaws and these laws whether generated by the village or proposed by the province must be in line with government laws.
Laws forbidding same sex encounters, premarital legal age sex or extra marital sex were proposed for implementation at the council meeting last year and may be abandoned.
A law at Nukubalavu Village forbids the wearing of shoes in the village. Mr Mataitini said villagers have been told that laws that infringe on rights or expose people to harm would be removed.
or injury will have to be reconsidered.
"They can come up with any law but the final say rests with the government," he said.
The issue is up for discussion at May 25th and 26th provincial council meet at Yaroi village in Savusavu.
The consultation process on the laws proposed by the Fijian Affairs Board is expected to end in June.

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