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The Fiji Military Forces is of the opinion that there are numerous Fijians living abroad who fall under the definition of a migrant worker.
This was highlighted by the Deputy Commander of RFMF, Brigadier General Mohammed Aziz.
Aziz said they have no data to support this statement but they believe these are people who will be affected by the provisions in the International Convention on the Protection of the rights of all migrant workers.
Brigadier Aziz said the convention is significant and Fiji must not be confused about migration and clarification should be provided of nationals that do enter our country, engaged in activities that have prescribed remuneration and wages.
“The convention demands very high standards for the states to adhere to, although the standards are high the protection of rights accorded to immigrant workers will help our nationals and equally those migrant workers in Fiji.”
The RFMF has also expressed its reservations on some articles in the International Convention on the Protection of the rights of all migrant workers.
Aziz called for more scrutiny from the Attorney General’s office on the provision of this treaty.
He said there needs to be more clarification from the AG’s office regarding compensation for person discharge of any criminal liability.
Another reservation of the Force was the issue of migrant workers forming association and trade unions as more clarity is needed in this provision.
Aziz states there is a great need of having more discussions on the provision of Visas to migrants, as many do change employment while on a contract in Fiji.
Despite the reservations, Brigadier Aziz has urged the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence to consider the adaptation of the convention on the protection of migrant workers.
SOURCE: FBC NEWS/PACNEWS
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