Fiji: Trade Unions

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 17th October 2011.

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Photo of Douglas Alexander Douglas Alexander Shadow Foreign Secretary

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the rights of trade unions in Fiji.

Photo of William Hague William Hague The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

The arrest of two trade unionists in Fiji on 4 August for organising meetings is a contravention of the right to peaceful assembly. This is only the latest act by the military against the unions and their rights.

On 12 August, the Minister for Europe, my right hon. Friend Mr Lidington, issued a statement expressing the Government’s concern over the arrests.

On 12 October, the Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Office, my hon. Friend Mr Browne, raised our concerns with the Fijian high commissioner.

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