12 Aug 2002

Fiji has presents a report to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

1:07 pm on 12 August 2002

Fiji has presented its report to the United Nations committee on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination after a lapse of 18 years.

Fiji's ambassador to the European Union, Isikeli Mataitoga, presented the report which will be discussed at the next meeting of the committee in March next year.

The government's move comes after Fiji's NGO Coalition on Human Rights and the National Farmers Union presented their reports alleging racial discrimination in many areas of state policy.

The NFU said government policies aimed to exclude and marginalise the Indo Fijian community politically and in terms of social and economic rights.

In a written submission, the union , which is headed by the Labour party leader, Mahendra Chaudry, said the state was guilty of institutionalising racial discrimination by creating an apartheid society.