9 Dec 2008

Clash of marches in Fiji could see human rights message lost

8:21 pm on 9 December 2008

An organiser of a Fiji human rights march says it may be a deliberate move by the military to organise a rival march at the same time.

December 10th is the 60th anniversary of the Human Rights Day and a NGO coalition has received the permit to hold a public event marking the date at Suva's Sukuna Park.

One of the event's organisers, Virisila Buadromo, says the group's application must show that a march isn't politically motivated.

Ms Buadromo says she's apprehensive that the Ministry of Women's military march, to be held at the same time, could be a distraction.

"One of our concerns is that we understand that the military band is leading the first march. So our concern is because our march is following right after that people have this perception that were apart of the same march. We want to make it clear that we're not affiliated to the military."

Virisila Buadromo says the NGO gathering is to pay tribute to those who stood up for human rights violated after the 2006 military coup.