Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Dispute Resolution in Samoa - Take Two

Samoa We posted earlier about the extremely rare situation in Samoa, where a traditional apology (ifoga) was rejected by a village and the offender (and his family) was banished.  The Samoa Observer reports that the village of Vaimoso is considering a recommendation by the the Land and Titles Court to reconcile with the Vaiotu family. Former Cabinet Minister Vaiotu Mulitalo Siafausa Vui seems likely to seek a court decision on the order banishing him from the village of Vaimoso, where he holds the title Vaiotu.  The village had rejected the traditional apology extended on his behalf and instead banished him from the village.  Vaiotu was unavailable to provide comments to the Samoa Observer over the weekend, but a relative said he would take the matter again to the Land and Titles Court. 

Hat tip to the East-West Center.


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