find the latest legal job
Senior Associate - Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Category: Litigation and Dispute Resolution | Location: Melbourne CBD & Inner Suburbs Melbourne VIC
· Come work for a firm ranked in Lawyers Weekly Top 25 Attraction Firms
View details
Associate - Workplace Relations & Safety
Category: Industrial Relations and Employment Law | Location: Brisbane CBD & Inner Suburbs Brisbane QLD
· Employer of choice · Strong team culture
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Banking and Finance Law | Location: All Perth WA
· Freelance opportunities through Vario from Pinsent Masons
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Other | Location: All Adelaide SA
· • Qualified lawyer with a strong academic background
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Other | Location: All Melbourne VIC
· • Qualified lawyer with a strong academic background
View details
LCA defends freedom of religion

LCA defends freedom of religion

The Law Council of Australia (LCA) has slammed Fiji's interim Government for interfering with the right to practise religion freely and openly.Fiji's Methodist Church - the main faith of…

The Law Council of Australia (LCA) has slammed Fiji's interim Government for interfering with the right to practise religion freely and openly.

Fiji's Methodist Church - the main faith of Indigenous Fijians - was expected to attract around one thousand church delegates at its annual conference last month, but Fiji's coup-installed military government banned prominent church leaders from speaking, and then revoked the church's permit to meet at all. The Fiji Police Force also issued a directive banning many of its activities including bazaars, fundraising, rallies, choir practice, camping, open air meetings and sports days.

LCA president Alexander Ward said it was imperative that the interim Government recognise the rights of its citizens to practise religion freely.

"The suppression of religious meetings raises a rule of law issue and specifically breaches Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which guarantees freedom of religion," said Ward.

"We understand the current political climate in Fiji is delicate, but the Law Council appeals to the interim Government to respect the rights of its citizens, quash the directive and restore full rights to freedom of religion."

Like this story? Read more:

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

The legal budget breakdown 2017

LCA defends freedom of religion
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
Consultation
06:04
Lawyers slam rushed consultation for SA repeat offenders bill
The Law Society of South Australia has expressed concern for a proposal to roll out new laws amendin...
IBA
06:03
The pursuit of happiness in the law
A panel of legal experts have explored how to define success in the legal profession, and how lawyer...
Queensland University of Technology, ruby milestone
06:00
Queensland law school reaches ruby milestone
Celebrating 40 years since establishing a law course in 1977, the Queensland University of Technolog...
APPOINTMENTS
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
opinion
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
Help
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...