Monday, December 18, 2006

Something to go to in Auckland

The Auckland-based Coalition for Democracy in Fiji is holding a seminar on Fijian democracy on Wednesday night. Speakers will include Keith Locke on whether the New Zealand government is doing enough to help restore democracy in Fiji; human rights activist (and former manager of the Fiji Daily Post) Thakur Ranjit Singh on Fiji's government system; and Suliana Siwatibau of the Pacific Centre for Public Integrity on the role of NGOs in Fiji.

When: Wednesday, December 20th, 18:45 - 21:00
Where: Wesley Community Centre, 740 Sandringham Rd Extension

If you're in Auckland and want to learn more about what is going on in Fiji and the roots of the current problems, it is probably worth going to.


For those who can't make it (and even those who can), here's two excellent backgrounders:

A review of Stephanie Lawson's "Tradition Versus Democracy in the South Pacific: Fiji, Tonga and Western Samoa", by Sandra Tarte, USP

"Fiji's Coups of 1987 and 2000: A comparison" by Roderic Alley, VUW, published in the Revue Juridique Polynesienne in 2001.

Posted by Anonymous : 12/18/2006 10:14:00 PM

Today's Fiji Times reported Keith Locke's contribution at the meeting:

Posted by Anonymous : 12/21/2006 07:26:00 PM