The constitution provides for the freedom to change religion or belief and the freedom to show and spread religious belief through worship, teaching, observance, or practice. Traditional island councils discouraged public meetings of several minority religious groups and religious bans by traditional leaders remained in place.
On some islands, traditional leaders reportedly worked actively against nontraditional religious groups. The Jehovah’s Witness community on Nanumanga stated that it had experienced discrimination and a threat of violence.
The U.S. Ambassador to Fiji is accredited to the government, and the embassy promoted religious freedom and tolerance on social media and in meetings with the minister responsible for religious affairs.