The constitution and other laws provide for freedom of conscience, thought, and religion, and freedom to change one’s religion or beliefs. Smaller churches found the 750‑member requirement for registration difficult to meet, although religious groups stated they could conduct most normal functions without registration.
Protestant and Catholic clergy communicated a message of tolerance and brotherhood toward refugees arriving in their communities from an Australian government regional processing facility after being granted residency visas by the government.
Although the U.S. government does not maintain an embassy in the country, the U.S. Ambassador to Fiji is accredited to the government. U.S. embassy officials discussed religious freedom with the government and local religious leaders and on national TV and radio.