Commission to Review Gay Laws
Times, February 11, 2005
LAWS governing homosexual conduct
in Fiji will be looked at as part of reviews of the Penal Code this year.
Chairman of the Fiji Law Reform Commission, Alipate
Qetaki, said the law could either be changed or retained.
The Penal Code outlaws sodomy, both in private and public
places and if caught, men face a five-year jail term.
However, the 1997 Constitution guarantees the rights of
people of all sexual orientation, including gays.
“The Fiji Law Reform Commission will be reviewing the
Penal Code (Cap 16) this year,” he said.
“One of its task is to consider the present laws
governing homosexual conduct in Fiji and the need to change or retain the
He said the review has yet to start.
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