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ACTU wants Fiji democracy commitment during talks

ACTU wants Fiji democracy commitment during talks

ACTU wants Fiji democracy commitment during talks

Updated 30 July 2012, 15:44 AEST

The head of the Australian Council of Trade Unions says Australia's foreign minister must get a commitment from Fiji that it will reinstate human rights in its transition to democracy.

Foreign Minister Bob Carr will meet with representatives from Fiji's military regime on Monday to discuss the country's constitutional review process.

ACTU president Ged Kearney says Australia is planning to assist Fiji with $AU2.6 million dollars to help run the process toward democratic elections.

She says Senator Carr must send a clear message that Australia cannot support a process that is fundamentally flawed.

"In Fiji, any consultation with the public about a new constitution cannot take place if there is no free press, if people still cannot meet freely without a permit to discuss the constitution and if basic human rights are still being violated," she said.

She says the Australian public has a right to know that money is being spent on a process that is fair and free.

"This cannot happen without free press without the right to assemble, without basic human rights and that includes workers rights being freely accessed by the people of Fiji," she said.