Fiji Village: Database launched to view boarding passes of Girmitiyas. “Descendants of Girmitiyas can now go online to look at the boarding passes of their ancestors who came to Fiji… Developer, Akhilesh Shiuram says they wanted to create a database that has records of passes of more than 60,000 Girmityas that came to Fiji in the 37 years of the indentured labour system.” Girmityas were indentured laborers who came to Fiji (and other places) from British India. You can learn more about them at https://harvardlawreview.org/2021/03/the-agreement-and-the-girmitiya/ . (There’s a Web site devoted to Girmityas and their history but it is inaccessible at this writing.)
ABA Journal: New database tracks gender-based violence sentencing decisions in the Pacific. “Among the data compiled for each country, the TrackGBV Dashboard highlights contentious factors in gender-based violence cases that could discriminate against survivors when used in mitigation by the court. These include gender stereotyping; customary practices, such as forgiveness ceremonies; and other factors, such as a perpetrator’s religious activities.” The database currently contains information about Samoa, Fiji, and Papua New Guinea. Other Pacific nations will be added in the future.
RNZ: Covid-19 infections continue to rise in Fiji’s remote communities. “Five remote islands in Fiji have recorded over 700 Covid-19 cases since the virus spread to the maritime zone, health authorities said.”
Fiji Sun: Launch Of Website Allows Access Of Fiji Laws Online. “The Laws of Fiji website was launched by the Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz SayedKhaiyum with outgoing Chief Justice Anthony Gates at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva yesterday.”
FBC: ITaukei affairs ministry completes cultural mapping exercise. “The Ministry of iTaukei Affairs has completed its cultural mapping exercise in thirteen of the fourteen provinces around the country.” This is for Fiji, which is not clear from the snippet here.
National Library of Australia: Pacific Islands Monthly Digitised. “The National Library has recently completed the digitisation of the entire run of the Pacific Islands monthly magazine and all of the issues can be browsed or the text fully searched on Trove. The Pacific Islands monthly (PIM) was founded in Sydney by New Zealand born journalist Robert William (Robbie) Robson, who had moved to Australia during World War I. The first issue was published August 1930 and it ran until June 2000.”