10 Mar 2003

Fiji's government again accused of racism in report to UN Committee

12:51 pm on 10 March 2003

Fiji's government is being accused of appealing to the racial solidarity of indigenous Fijians to gain support for its policies.

The Fiji Times says the accusations have been made by the 15 member NGO Coalition on Human Rights, which will be presented to the UN Committee for the Eliminaton of Racial Discrimination in Geneva tomorrow.

The report says the government's ideas for changes to the constitution are mainly motivated by the desire for indigenous political domination.

It challenges the government to prove which provisions of the constitution, as it stands, oppress or suppress indigenous rights.

The report also accuses the government of defending and supporting racial discrimination by failing to reprimand or discipline government MPs who have made racists comments