The evidence shows a growing albeit reluctant acceptance of the rule of law. But time, patience and a genuine commitment not just of the country's leaders towards creating an environment that will allow democracy, human rights and the rule of law to flourish, will be required.
Address to the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association conference in Nadi, 8 September 2005
Reconciliation and forgiveness are matters of the heart. They cannot be forced on the people.Graeme Leung
It's the way we are - our people show their respect to their leaders by keeping quiet. It is considered rude to speak your mind.Graeme Leung
If we continue to pardon or excuse the wrongdoers who commit acts of criminality in unsettling an elected government, we don't have any guarantee, do we, that this kind of exercise won't be repeated in the future.Graeme Leung
These fears (held by indigenous Fijians) must not be ridiculed but understood and addressed. In the final analysis it will be counterproductive to impose democracy on people who have yet to fully understand how it will sit against everything they believe in.Graeme Leung
Democracy, the rule of law and human rights march hand in hand. These concepts are not well understood by a good portion of the population.Graeme Leung
It (democracy) is far more than merely participating in free and fair elections for a new government. It is about playing by a set of rules, respecting those rules and accepting the result even when it may not be what one had hoped for.Graeme Leung