The #Fijian Constitution establishes a secular state and protects the freedom of religion, conscience, and belief.

This was highlighted by the Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum during the International Law and Religion Symposium luncheon at the Grand Pacific Hotel in #Suva.

The A-G said “the Fijian Constitution gives space to all faiths to be able to practice their beliefs and even today you have functions where you get representations of all different religions”.

“A well-known President of India, Dr Abdul Kalam, who is from South India said “great men and women use religion for making friends, small men and women use religion as a fighting tool”, the A-G said.

“If you look at all the different faiths, they all have so many similarities in terms of preaching human values, love, compassion, caring for your neighbour and being family-focused – all those values are universal.”

The A-G added that no faith in the world says “do not love thy neighbour” and if you look at the principle and the values of all the faiths, they are greatly similar.

The Fijian Constitution also mandates the separation of religion and state.

The constitution prohibits discrimination based on religious affiliation and inciting hatred or “disaffection” against any religious group.

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