Based on a new report, Fiji: The Challenges and Opportunities of Diversity, this podcast discussion examines the underlying causes and tensions of ethnic conflict in Fiji.
Fiji: The Challenges and Opportunities of Diversity, co-published by the Minority Rights Group (UK) and the Citizens Constitutional Forum (Fiji), provides insight into the underlying causes and consequences of ethnic tensions in Fiji, based on evidence drawn from extensive interviews across the diversity of Fiji's ethnic groups.
This report is produced against a backdrop of constitutional uncertainty: in January 2013, Fiji's unelected military government rejected a draft constitution drawn up by an independent commission and released a draft prepared by the Attorney-General's office. The military government also announced the abolition of the Constitutent Assembly, which it had previously said would debate and adopt any new constitution. These interventions threaten to undermine the people's confidence in the process, the final document and Fiji’s democratic future.
In the first and second session of this seminar Reverend Akuila Yabaki, Director, Citizens Constitutional Forum; report author Professor Vijay Naidu, University of the South Pacific; Chris Chapman, Minority Rights Group International; Ciaran O'Toole, Conciliation Resources, Professor Yash Ghai (in absentia); Anthony Regan, ANU; Jone Balerokadroka, ANU; Scott MacWilliam, ANU; and Professor Brij Lal, ANU introduce the report and discuss its key findings and policy recommendations to draw attention to Fiji’s current political environment.
An electronic copy of the report can be found at www.minorityrights.org.
This podcast forms part of the State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Program seminar series.