Since its invention in ancient Greece more than 2,500 years ago, democracy has depended on rules and institutions that strike a balance between participation and power. The objective is to create a system of governance in which elected leaders bring to bear their knowledge and experience, in order to advance the interests of the people. The rule of law and the separation of powers, guaranteed by a system of checks and balances, are vital. Democracies all over the world are enduring a stress test. If they are to pass, their institutional underpinnings must be reinforced. That requires, first and foremost, an understanding of what those underpinnings are, why they matter, and who is trying to dismantle them. By Alexandra Borchardt
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Friday 29 November 2019
Oxford, United Kingdom
Wednesday 10 April 2019
Auckland, New Zealand
Tongan people, a product of centuries of monarchy and social hierarchy, are never born free or equal, and the Tongan language has no word for ‘rights’ as in ‘to have rights’, nor a conventional way of saying that one has a voice in something. Dr Melenaite Taumoefolau examines the gulf between modern and traditional Tongans and why the language has no term for human rights. She says the knowledge gulf between the two camps is huge.
Monday 26 November 2018
Prime Minister Pohiva has been an oppositional leader in Tonga's government since 1987...now that he is the Prime Minister and head of government, he still continues with the same mindset of governing in opposition, undermining his very own government. He opposes the majority of Tongans who decry his outrageous disregard for following policies, procedures, and the law. Simply put, PM Pohiva does not practice what he once preached passionately: democracy. - 'Ana Tausinga.
Friday 6 October 2017
Just as some of us live longer than others, countries have different average life expectancies. At the bottom of the scale is Swaziland, the only country in the world where a newborn still cannot expect to reach age 50. And at the top is Hong Kong, where a newborn can expect to live to age 84...But life expectancy can also vary significantly within countries, between rich and poor...Moreover, this gap widened over time.
Thursday 21 September 2017
Momi Bay, Fiji
A push for the development of political parties in democratic societies in the Pacific by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) was the focus of a dialogue held this week in Momi Bay, Fiji where over 40 representatives from the Pacific region attended, including Tonga. UNDP's Bakhodir Burkhanov said political parties need to be “more than just a temporary vehicle for the promotion of the interests of one political leader or a small group”.
Sunday 3 September 2017
The dissolution of the Tongan Parliament by HM King Tupou VI on August 24 is a wake up call for Tongans to return their focus to Tonga's modern democratisation process. Since a move to speed up the democratic reform process was initiated in 2010, social and political progress has faltered in an increasingly unsettled and disruptive political environment. By Pesi Fonua
Thursday 15 June 2017
Auckland, New Zealand
Please Prime Minister Pohiva, think again and do not harden your heart, because you are making a mockery of our Parliamentary system...you have Tongans and friends of Tonga with the archeological, cultural, environmental and engineering expertise and the hearts and minds to build our nation, please Prime Minister use them. You are destroying our environment and in the process destroying our very fragile “democracy” and our trust in you and this Government. -‘Ana Hau‘alofa‘ia Koloto
Saturday 24 January 2015
London, United Kingdom
Hon Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva, in order to preserve the dignity of democracy in Tonga, you may have the right to choose your son as your own PA but for the rest of your political career, you do not have the moral right to preach about democracy in Tonga or anywhere else anymore. Your action has crippled democracy in the Kingdom, sadly for a very long time. - Senolita Swan.
Thursday 24 October 2013
Tonga's parliament has rejected a Private Member's Bill that sought to change how Tongans elect a Prime Minister and proposing that a care-taker government run government when parliament closes at the end of the month, in preparation for the Parliamentary General Election in November next year. The bill presented by 'Aisake Eke's was rejected by the House this afternoon with a vote of 15-6. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
Monday 29 April 2013
A new donor-funded programme aims to develop the skills of parliamentarians in order to improve law-making processes in Tonga and to strengthen the ability of the government to build democracy.
Monday 16 August 2010
'Parliamentary Process in a Democracy' was the subject of a three day workshop held in Tonga last week by a New Zealand parliamentary delegation.
Thursday 1 July 2010
Salt Lake City-Utah, USA
It is clear that Tongan leaders are neither bringing the Aristotlean Participatory Democracy model known as "the rule of the many." Nor do they plan for a Representative Democracy model (egalitarianism). - Sione Akemeihakau Mokofisi.
Sunday 10 January 2010
Pagopago, American Samoa
'Oku 'ikai ke fakapapau'i mai 'e he Fa'ahi Fakapolitikale ko e Temokalati (Democracy) 'oku ne lava 'o solova 'a e palopalema mo e to nounou kotoa 'a ha Fonua. Ko e fa'ahi Politikale Fakalangi pe 'i Hevani tene lava. Ko e tefito'i fakakaukau 'oku taukave'i 'e he Temokalati ia ko 'ene malava ke fakamalohi'i ha Pule'anga mo hono kau taki kuo fili ke nau ha'isia ki honau fatongia ki he kakai 'o e fonua.
Sunday 20 December 2009
Kuo 'omai hotau tala pea tuku mai mo e siate folau ki he liukava fakahisitolia 'i hotau fonua ni. Kuo finangalo 'a Tupou ke tuku mai ki hono kakai ke nau fili e kapiteni, kau 'ofisa pea mo e toenga 'o e kauvaka ke nau fakalele hotau vakaa. 'Oku 'i ai e tu'amelie he kuo tau kau he pue 'o e temokalati ka 'oku hange pe 'oku kei fai pe "tu'atamaki ki he taunga he fu'u tavahi". -Samiu Sika
Monday 30 March 2009
New York, USA
Tonga's prodemocracy movement tightly hold Lord Acton's tail when he said, "Absolute power corrupts absolutely." For years, they intoxicated the mass with that quote as if it is another absolute proposition from our Creator. Let me try to debunk Acton's nake half-truth.
Wednesday 22 October 2008
Auckland, New Zealand
Ko e Falealea ena 'oku tau fakaongoongo ki ai ke 'uli'i hotau vaka ki he liliu, 'oku 'ikai ha'anau kapasa ia 'anautolu. Mahalo na'a 'oku nau kei ngaue'aki pe faafaa ki tahi, kae ngalo ange kuo mafana e 'ea pea mafana tatau e konga tahi kotoa 'o faingata'a ke tala e siate folau. - Samiu Sika
Wednesday 20 August 2008
The trial of five People's Representatives who are charged with sedition is postponed again awaiting a decision by the Court of Appeal, but a two-day hearing on legal arguments will be held in the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court on September 25-26.
Thursday 22 May 2008
The establishment of Mafia Republics in the Asia Pacific region is a possibility, warned Dean Raul C. Pangalangan, the Professor of Law, University of the Philippines, in a key note speech to open the Transparency International Regional meeting in Manila, Philippines, on May 21. By Pesi Fonua
Wednesday 21 May 2008
'E 'ikai pe ha taimi ia 'e 'ata kovi ai 'a e Temokalati; ko e 'fili 'e he kakai 'a e ni'ihi 'i he kupu 'o e sosaieti ke nau hoko ko e pule'anga ke nau fakalele mo tu'utu'uni 'i ha vaha'a taimi pau ki he anga 'a hono pule'i 'o e fonua. Ko e ki'i faka'ali ko 'ena 'oku ngoto-'a-noa pe ia 'i he fu'u ano lelei 'o e Temokalati. - Sam
Sunday 16 December 2007
I am less confident that the proposal set forth by Mr Christopher Harder will resolve anything in the current as well as the future political situation of Tonga. To be sure, I do believe in apologizing and forgiveness in response. However, to think that an apology from all parties involved in the heinous crimes of 16/11 and a pardon from the King of Tonga will rectify the current political situation in Tonga is unavoidably laughable. -Rev Dr Ma'afu Palu