UN RAPS FIJI GOVERNMENT FOR RACIAL PREJUDICE

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, Mar. 25) - A United Nations committee has told the Fiji government that dissemination of doctrines of indigenous Fijian supremacy is socially unjust, dangerous and in breach of the country’s constitution.

The recommendation has come from the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), which this month reviewed a report on Fiji from local NGOs as well as the government.

The Committee said it was concerned that "hate speech and assertions of the supremacy of indigenous Fijians occurred regularly."

It also expressed its concern on the under-representation of Indo-Fijians in the police, the army and the public service.

The committee recommended that specific programs be adopted to ensure appropriate representation of all ethnic communities in these services.

March 26, 2003

Radio New Zealand International: www.rnzi.com 

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