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Cabinet Decisions taken on 26 February 1999

1. Cabinet has decided to request the President to appoint a Commission of Inquiry to inquire into the recent riots and disturbances after the death of Joseph Réginald Topize.
2. Following the death of Joseph Réginald Topize (also known as Kaya) whilst in the custody of the police and the events which followed that death, Cabinet has requested the Director of Public Prosecutions to consider the possibility of initiating a judicial inquiry under the District and Intermediate Court (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act into the cause of the death and the circumstances connected with it.
3. Cabinet has discussed a first report on damage to property and the general situation over the island. Cabinet has taken note that the economic activities are generally coming back to normal. On the other hand the Ministry of Finance is carrying out an economic assessment of the losses incurred. In the light of that assessment ways and means will be studied to facilitate the rehabilitation of our production sectors, particularly the Small and Medium Enterprises. During the week-end public as well as private sector organisations and NGOs will join forces to clean up the roads and the environment.
4. Cabinet has agreed to the holding of a Commonwealth Workshop on the Model Framework for an Integrated Approach to Address violence against women in Mauritius from 29 March to 1 April 1999. The aim is to set up structures to effectively address violence against women, and strategies to assist both victims and perpetrators of gender based violence.
5. Cabinet has taken note:
(i) that the Mauritian Police is carrying out an investigation in the mutiny on board of the Taiwanese Fishing Vessel Ching Ching No. 12.
(ii) of the setting up of a National Committee of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) in Mauritius under the chairmanship of the Minister of Arts and Culture.
(iii) the outcome of the twentieth Session of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Governing Council held in Nairobi, Kenya on 4 and 5 February, 1999 and attended by the Minister of Environment, Human Resource Development and Employment.