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header1 Issues of concern

  • Only the 17,000 citizens with matai status (chiefs or family heads) are allowed to stand as candidates for elected office, and only about 11 percent of them are women.
  • The Samoa Law Society and other experts have criticized recent legislation that narrowed the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court.
  • Same-sex sexual activity remains a criminal offense for men.

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