Committee
High School General Assembly Third Committee B
Country
Fiji

Author

Cite as https://mymun.com/ppdb/15355

POSITION PAPER (GENERAL ASSEMBLY THIRD COMMITTEE B)

CANDIDATE NAME: Ananya Prabhuram

REPRESENTING:  Fiji islands

Intent of this paper is to explain the history and how racial discrimination has been evidenced and the action taken by the government.

United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD) defines racial discrimination as distinction or exclusion or restriction/ preference based on race, color, decent, national or ethnicity.

 

Racial discrimination also has the effect of nullifying the recognition and exercise of human rights and fundamental freedoms in various fields of life.

Background:

Considering Fijian background, we would like to take you back in history on racial discrimination, as it has been going on for many generations now.

As per 2017 census Fiji has a population of 887,000 with various ethnic majority, living in around 300 islands and more than 500 islets.

Ethnically Fijians are divided into:

-  iTaukei who are the indigenous Fijians

- The Indo-Fijians; a small number of them are wealthy and the rest are workers and laborers who purely rely on leased agricultural land which are not yet renewed post 1999.

-Rotumans: roughly over 8,000 have their home in Polynesian islands situated about 5,000 km North of Fiji. Officially classified as indigenous Fijians.

-Wallis and Futuna people hav...