RACISM "EVERYWHERE IN FIJI": BUADROMO

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (September 2, 2002 – Daily Post)---Almost all institutions in Fiji are filled with racism, Fiji Women’s Rights Movement co-coordinator Virisila Buadromo says.

And unless everyone makes a genuine commitment to wipe out this plague, it will continue to grow and manifest into disastrous situations, she warned.

Speaking at the Reconstructing Race Relations: Fiji in the New Millennium follow-up meeting at the Forum Secretariat in Suva on Friday, she said, "I will cite an example ... when people from here go overseas, immigration departments in other countries ask them their nationality and they say Fijian (this includes Indians). Here, we have immigration officials asking race as well as father’s name and I see no reason why they should do this," Ms. Buadromo said.

"Why should questions -- whether a person was Indo-Fijian or Fijian and father’s name -- be asked? This is totally irrelevant."

She said her movement was striving to play an active role in ensuring people were guaranteed their rights.

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