The constitution and some other laws and policies protect religious freedom but, in practice, the government did not consistently respect religious freedom. Many religious groups continued to operate without formal approval.
There were reports of societal abuse or discrimination based on religious affiliation, belief, or practice, on at least five islands. Traditional island councils enforced bans on public meetings of several religious groups and interfered with the free practice of religion.
There is no permanent U.S. diplomatic presence in the country. The U.S. Ambassador to Fiji is accredited to the government. Representatives from the Embassy in Fiji discussed religious freedom with the government and faith-based nongovernmental organizations.