Parties: Basic freedoms vital

Basic freedoms such as the freedom of expression, speech, association and publication are essential components of democracy, some political parties say. Picture: FT FILE

BASIC freedoms such as the freedom of expression, speech, association and publication are essential components of democracy, some political parties say. The National Federation Party (NFP), Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA), Unity Fiji party and the Fiji Labour Party (FLP) believe that Fiji falls short in achieving its democratic status by curtailing human rights, rights of trade unions and workers, genuine dialogue and public consultation. As we head towards the 2018 General Election, The Fiji Times asked the six registered political parties about their views on democracy. We asked: What does democracy mean to your party? The FijiFirst party and the Freedom Alliance Party did not respond to the questions when this edition went to press last night.

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