Human rights groups in Fiji have called on community leaders to shut down all forms of hate speech following the mosque attacks in Christchurch.

The chair of the NGO Coalition for Human Rights Nalini Singh says there’ve been strong expressions in Fiji of sympathy and solidarity for the people of New Zealand, Christchurch and the Muslim community.

Singh says that racism, xenophobia, and Islamophobia are also rearing their ugly head on some of Fiji’s social media platforms and in its communities as well.

She says that the comments are worrying and the onus is on leaders to ensure their statements of solidarity turn into action.

A Fijian academic is calling for better education around online safety in the Pacific, in the wake of the Christchurch massacre.

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