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Fiji allows Muslim police to grow beards

Fiji’s muslim population has applauded a decision to allow Muslim police officers to grow beards, in accordance with their religious practices.

Police Commissioner Andrew Hughes announced the decision following requests from Muslim officers.

However, Commissioner Hughes says the officers will have to apply to him for permission to grow their beards.

President of the Fiji Muslim League, Senator Mohammed Afzal Khan, says the police commissioner should be commended for the decision.

"For the commissioner to have taken this decision, I think it it augurs so well for the country, so well for the police force as a disciplined force," he said.

"It also is a huge plus for the human rights aspect of the matter."

ABC Asia Pacific TV / Radio Australia