Fiji, Oceania

Fiji is an island nation in the South Pacific Ocean occupying an archipelago of about 322 islands, of which 106 are permanently inhabited. In 1997 Fiji became the second country in the world to explicitly protect against discrimination based on sexual orientation in its Constitution. In 2006, the Fijian High Commissioner in New Zealand confirmed that there was a policy not to arrest gay men for consensual gay sex. In September 2007 the military declared--again--a state of emergency and ousted Prime Minister. In 2009, the Constitution was abolished. (A new one is due in 2013.) Since 1 February 2010, private, adult, consensual and non-commercial male and female homosexual conduct is legal under the Crimes Act 2010. However, discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity is not banned by the Fiji's law. Fiji family laws does not provide legal recognition of same-sex marriage or civil unions. Since 2002, the law expressly bars government recognition of gay marriage. In 2011 the president of Fiji, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, joined in the launch of a landmark UN report on men who have sex with men, transgender people and HIV.  “Secret Lives, Other Voices”, subtitled “A community-based study exploring male-to-male sex, gender identity and HIV transmission risk in Fiji,” is the first such research to be conducted with MSM and transgender people in that country since 1998. (See Fiji News & Reports for 2011.)

 

 

Fijian couple attacked scared to come forward in case it happens again

A couple from Fiji are afraid to come forward after a homophobic attack over fears they will be subjected to reprisals. The men said they had not gone to police because they feared for their lives, according to a local newspaper. The attack occurred on Sunday morning when the two men were returning home. “While… Read more »

Fiji to host first ever Pacific islands LGBTI short film festival

Fiji will be the first ever Pacific island nation to host an LGBTI themed short film festival when the inaugural A Night OUT at the Movies screens in Suva tomorrow night The Pacific islands region will get its first ever LGBTI short film festival A Night OUT at the Movies when it screens on Friday… Read more »

Fiji: LGBT rights campaigners say discrimination remains a major issue

Whilst holding week-long events to raise awareness, Fiji campaigners for LGBT rights have said that, despite some slow progress, there is still a long way to go, and that discrimination against LGBT people remains a problem. The country is marking the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT), which marks the World Health Organisation’s decision… Read more »

Week-long celebrations to mark IDAHOT

The Drodrolagi Movement (droMo) will be marking International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) with a week of events that include rainbow-chalking driveways, a peace vigil, a documentary screening and discussion and a Pride Party. IDAHOT is a day to draw attention to the issue of homophobia and transphobia in the community. On May 17th… Read more »

Fijian government says gays have nothing to fear in Fiji

Government of Fiji responds to protestors on the roof of an immigration detention center in Sydney The government of Fiji has responded to claims by protestors at Villawood Immigration Detention Centre in Sydney who said yesterday there are no gay rights in the Pacific islands nation. Three protestors climbed onto the roof at the immigration… Read more »

Fiji’s first Pride march cancelled

Fiji’s first LGBT rights march cancelled because officials ‘did not realise they had given a permit for gays to march’ The Pacific island nation of Fiji was due to celebrate it’s first ever march for gay rights today, but the IDAHO (International Day Against Homophobia) event was cancelled at the last minute by police. Oceania… Read more »

Gay Fiji News & Reports 2010-11

1 Fiji first PI nation with colonial-era sodomy laws to decriminalize homosexuality 3/10 2 Gay students band together 9/10 3 HIV Fijian deported 4/11 4 Why all iTaukei at HIV meet 4/11 5 President lays down challenge 4/11 6 LGBTI Student Group in Fiji Gain University Affiliation 4/11 7 Laws fail to protect HIV patients,… Read more »

Gay Fiji News & Reports

  Note: On July 1, 2001 Fiji experienced the murder of two prominent gay men: Red Cross Director, John Scott and his partner Gregory Scrivner. Articles 1-4 report that event. 1 Fiji Deaths may be due to homophobia 7/01 2 Gays live in fear 7/01 3 Family’s anger at police over child sex and drug… Read more »