1 Sep 2005

Fiji vice president defends private homosexual and lesbian acts

10:26 am on 1 September 2005

Fiji's vice president has publicly defended the right of homosexuals and lesbians to have sex in private.

Radio Legend says Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi, a former High Court judge, made his comment at the 46th annual conference of the Fiji Medical Association in Suva last night.

Ratu Joni said whatever one's views about homosexuality, those who choose to practise it in private surely have a right to do so.

Ratu Joni said doctors should take a more prominent role in debating national issues and called on them to be more vocal on the issue of homosexuality and the spread of HIV/AIDS.

The vice president also urged doctors to make known their views on the Reconciliation and Unity Bill saying that their position requires them to provide leadership and remedying ailments and illness in society.

He said silence was for the Mafia and monks, not doctors.