Country Profiles

Fiji Islands

Capital :Suva

Land Area : 18,270 sq km

Head of Government : Prime Minister Hon. Laisenia Qarase (since 10 September 2000)

Population :893,354 (July 2005 est.)

Major Languages :English (official), Fijian, Hindustani

Major Religion(s) : Christian 52% (Methodist 37%, Roman Catholic 9%), Hindu 38%, Muslim 8%, other 2%

Date of Joining : Rejoined in 1997 after leaving in 1987


CHRI Submission to CMAG :
April 2004
December 2003
September 2003
September 2001
June 2000

Fact Finding Mission

Articles in CHRI Newsletter:

  • Vinaka Commonwealth 7WAMM, Carol Nelson, Amnesty International, New Zealand, CHRI Newsletter, Volume 11, Number 3, Autumn 2004.


Articles from RTI updates:

Bills/Laws/Acts from RTI updates:

Reports from RTI updates:

  • The Open Democracy Advice Centre has just released the findings of a survey undertaken in early 2004 to test the implementation of the Promotion of Access to Information Act. Unfortunately, ODAC's report presents survey results which are disappointing. For example, despite the fact that requestors have an unqualified right to access government records, more than half of all requests made to goverment (52%) were ignored - that is there was no response at all. Even more disturbingly, all requests made by the media were ignored. Click here for more.(23/09/04)