After members of Parliament unanimously voted to ratify the ILO Convention 190: Violence and Harassment Convention On May 28th, Fiji deposit the instruments of ratification on 25th of June and becomes the first country in the Asia-Pacific and the second in the world to ratify the convention.
With this second ratification, the ILO Violence and Harassment Convention 190 will come into force in June 2021. Guy Ryder, Director General of the International Labour Organization (ILO) said on his Twitter:
"Delighted Fiji has ratified ILO Convention 190 on Violence and Harassment. Shows their commitment on the issue and as the second ratification, means C190 comes into force in June 2021."
He also took the opportunity to urge all governments to #ratifyC190.
According to FBC News, Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama highlighted that this convention is important as Fiji continues to lead in the way in its support of all eight core and subsequent labor conventions.
“This convention aligns with various international principles and sustainable development agendas. Importantly the convention works along the fundamental human rights conventions that Fiji has ratified and with the 17 sustainable development goals, which SDG 8 specifically addresses the theme of this convention.”