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Call for tolerance

Shayal Devi
Sunday, January 28, 2018

FIJIANS must work together to stop the desecration of Hindu temples and address the issue of racism on social media platforms.

This was the message by Chief Justice Anthony Gates to about 100 members of the legal fraternity who are in the country attending the inaugural Kingdom International Legal Network conference in Nadi this week.

"Ecumenism in our attitudes at work is key," he said.

"We must be tolerant, indeed, welcoming of others.

"We should rejoice at other religions, other holy days. We can join in their celebration and feel happy for them.

"There is no place for racism and alas, there is a great deal of that on social media and it is not pretty.

"Today in Fiji, we must work towards the elimination of temple desecrations.

"The perpetrators are misled individuals and you wonder what they are told at home."

According to the network administrator for Australia, Heilala Tabete, this was the first Christian legal conference of its nature in the South Pacific.

"It is usually done by the Christian Law Society in a number of other jurisdictions such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada," she said.

"These conferences, they are usually country oriented whereas the network is intentionally international.

"We're quite pleased to discover that for our inaugural conference we have 100 delegates from five different countries."

The conference is focused on law and legal work and also includes workshops covering topics such as practices of a Christian barrister and separation of church and state.

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