Government Response to March Cancellation
MEDIA RELEASE: STATEMENT BY THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL
The following statement was released by the Fijian Attorney-Genral Mr Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum :
The permit for the LGBTIQ march was cancelled by the police, the authority authorized to grant permits, following their professional assessment.
The Bainimarama Government strongly stands by its policy of non-discrimination. The cancellation of the permit does not in any way reflect a change in this policy.
The Bainimarama Government has put in place measures that assure that there is no discrimination between one group and another; one Fijian and another. Every Fijian is treated equally under the law.
In a clear break from previous governments, it is the Bainimarama government that has institutionalized non-discrimination by changing the policies of the past and enacting legal reforms insuring equal rights for those suffering from HIV-AIDS, victims of domestic violence and establishing gender neutrality in the law.