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Mauritius: Draft law aimed at eliminating compulsory ethnic declaration to be presented for legislative

The Minister of Justice of Mauritius, Satish Faugoo, said in the supreme court Thursday 8 may 2014 that the Government intends to present shortly, before the legislative elections of 2015, a draft law to reform the current electoral system that requires any candidate to decline his ethnicity (Hindu, Muslim, sino-mauritian, general population) enshrined in the Constitution of 1968, as reported by the newspaper L'Express of Mauritius.

As a reminder, 4 September 2012, of the United Nations Human Rights Committee particularly vindicated a grassroots association created in 2005, Rezistans ek Alternativ, who denounced disguised communitarians obliging any candidate in the legislative elections in Mauritius to complete a mandatory form where is clearly stipulated his ethnicity.
The United Nations human rights commission had concluded that this principle was contrary to article 25 of the international Covenant on Civil and political rights.

Fabrice François

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