A general statement

Re: Democracy without freedom of speech 

Dr. Meleise’a is probably making some kind of generalisation concerning how village councils’ decisions are done. 

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To claim that village councils simply decide concerning disputes without hearing both sides of a story is the most incorrect statement I have heard this year. 

Meleisea’s sweeping statement reflects badly on our village governing system, which has undergone tremendous transformation during the last thirty years. Furthermore, any isolated incident/s as a direct result of what the Dr. has alluded to during the above-mentioned period, should be labelled as isolated.

The truth is, Samoan chiefs are much better informed in relation to decision-making that promotes peace and human rights these days than they were fifty years ago.

Leilua Seve

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