23 Apr 2012

Moore unconcerned about Fiji military warning

7:24 pm on 23 April 2012

The latest member of Fiji's Constitution Commission, Peni Moore, says she is not concerned about the military speaking out on matters surrounding the new constitution.

Military spokesman Colonel Mosese Tikoitoga last week warned people not to be swayed by non-governmental organisations and he said NGOs should make constructive criticism on the way forward.

He was responding to calls by a women's forum for the military to be excluded from the process towards a new constitution.

Ms Moore, who is an activist for women and children's rights, says she is not sure what was meant but she is used to standing up to both the military and the police in Fiji.

"In my community, I am constantly having to work with police to prevent violent situations. I work with people who are threatening me. It's OK, I'll sit there and work with them. It doesn't stop my work. I'm determined that people should have the right to speak."

Peni Moore says women's activists like herself are used to intimidation by the military which was much worse in 1987.