Fiji Roundup: British Methodist, World Methodist and UnitingWorld responses and what you can do
The Fijian government has banned all Methodist Church meetings except for Sunday worship in an unprecedented crackdown on religious freedom. This includes house groups, women’s prayer fellowship, choir practice, mid-week communion and youth fellowship, as well as the Church’s governance meetings.
The World Methodist Council is deeply concerned about the actions the government of Fiji continues to take against the Methodist Church of Fiji and Rotuma, which constitute a clear violation of the fundamental human right to religious freedom.
UnitingWorld has issued a statement in support of our partner the Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma.
As tourists and friends, Australians need to take opportunities to express support for human rights and the rule of law in Fiji and for the proper role of the Methodist Church and other bodies such as the Fijian Trade Union movement, and that the Government has no right to interfere in the proper decision-making of the Church.